Dear Leeds City Council,
Quite a few of us local citizens couldn’t get in to the public council meeting held today in the Civic Hall.
We made the effort to come because we care about one or more of the issues the council’s leaders were making decisions about: care homes for our mums and dads, primary schools for our kids, allotment prices, flood defences, and getting late-night bars to help pay for the police.
So it was a bit of a wind-up when we were told on arrival that we weren’t going to get in because the meeting room was full. A handful stayed on, others went home or wandered off alone.
But instead of whingeing on about it, here’s a positive suggestion:
Why not hold all of the meetings that regularly get a good public turn-out – the monthly executive board and the planning panels – in the biggest room you’ve got available, the council chamber?
That way you’ll never have to turn any of us away again. And on the days when not many of us turn up, you won’t be any worse off.
And given that you’ve got the chamber wired up so you can broadcast the monthly meetings of full council over the internet, you could broadcast those two meetings live as well.
What do you reckon?
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