Leader's Blog - Friday 22 November 2013
Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson
Councillor Paul Watson became Leader of the Council in May 2008, after previously serving as Deputy Leader since May 2006.
Now, through his blog, he aims to communicate directly with you to give an insight into what is happening in Sunderland as well as the issues and challenges that face the city. With so much going on in the city, he wants to keep you informed about how much work the council is doing but also wants to hear from you.
This is your chance to have your say so please feel free to get in touch.
Welcome to my blog.
In this blog I wanted to mention the forthcoming, annual State of the City event, to be held at the Seaburn Centre on Tuesday 3 December between 5.30 and 8.30pm.
The event provides the opportunity for people to come along to hear about what's been happening in the city over the past year, and the council's plans for the forthcoming year. Most importantly, it's one of the ways in which local people can have their say, tell us their views and ask questions of the panel.
The theme of this year's event is the city's economy and I'm delighted that the Chief Executive Dave Smith and I, are going to be joined by BBC Political Correspondent Mark Denten as host, Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth from Northumbria Police, City Centre Traders' Association Chair Harry Collinson, North East Chamber of Commerce Sunderland Committee Chair Gary Hutchinson, Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group Chair Dr Ian Pattison and Gentoo Group Chief Executive Peter Walls.
As in previous years, there is a dedicated suite of webpages for the event (www.sunderland.gov.uk/yourcity-yoursay) where details of the programme for the evening can be found and other information. Questions can be submitted via the site and at the start of the event, answers will be provided to the three most asked questions before the panel take questions from the audience.
The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend - you can register by emailing email@example.com or by telephoning 0191 520 5519. And, if you're unable to go along but are interested in following the discussion, it will be streamed live via the website.
Following the main discussion, there will once again be the opportunity for people to raise issues and ask questions of the council's cabinet members and senior officers or representatives from partner organisations, on an individual basis.
I say every year, that State of the City is one of the annual events that I most look forward to and this year is no exception. I know we can expect some excellent and thought provoking questions from local people who really care about the future of our city.
Cllr Paul Watson