The Welsh Liberal Democrat Group on Powys County Council has warmly welcomed the first occasion when a member of the public has been able to table a question to Council Cabinet members at a meeting of the full County Council (27/01/17).
The idea was first proposed by Welsh Lib Dem Group member Cllr Gemma Jane Bowker and received widespread support across the council. Encouraging wider public participation in local authority business is a key Liberal Democrat policy priority across the UK.
Commenting on the ground-breaking event, Cllr Bowker said:
“This is one of the most positive developments taking place in Powys County Council at the moment and is a welcome move towards more openness in the way the Council operates. If it stimulates more public interest in the way the council debates policies and delivers services, then that must be a good thing.”
“Today’s event is something we must build on and I and my colleagues will do all we can to ensure that we widen the scope of public participation in the next council, after the May elections.”