Thousands of people headed online for a live ‘Question Time’ style broadcast with Dudley community leaders.
Senior figures from the council, police, health and education answered questions for more than an hour and a half at the event last night (Weds).
The session was broadcast live on Dudley Council’s Facebook page as well as on Black Country Radio.
The panel included Councillor Qadar Zada, leader of the council; Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner, Dudley Police Commander; Neil Thomas, College Principal – Dudley College of Technology; and Neill Bucktin, commissioner at Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group.
Topics included fly-tipping, regeneration, town centres, crime, GP appointments and health services, higher education, provision for young people and much more.
The post reached almost 9,000 people as more than 160 comments were added to the page. The live video had more than 4,000 views with hundreds more listening on radio.
Councillor Qadar Zada, leader of Dudley Council, said:
I set out our agenda of being more visible, accessible and working in the community, this is one of a range of methods we intend to use to do that. The council will become more resident facing and more resident focused.
This shows the importance of bringing partners together in one place and showing we are listening to people’s ideas and concerns.
We are always looking for new ways to listen to people and use the information they give us to improve their communities.
I would like to thank our other panel members for providing a well-rounded, and thought provoking debate about some key issues affecting people of this borough.”
The session complements the ongoing community forums where people can share their ideas and raise concerns with councillors. The next round runs from February 27 to March 19.