Have your say on the state of Sunderland

CITY STATE: Residents will ask council bosses questions and voice concerns at debate.

CITY STATE: Residents will ask council bosses questions and voice concerns at debate.

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Have your say

THE panel for this year’s State of the City debate has been announced.

City council leader Paul Watson and chief executive Dave Smith will lead the discussion, during which residents can ask questions which affect them, at the Seaburn Centre on Tuesday.

Other names include Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth from Northumbria Police; Dr Ian Pattison, chairman of Sunderland’s Clinical Commissioning Group; Gary Hutchinson, commercial director of SAFC; Harry Collinson, chairman of Sunderland City Centre Traders’ Association; and Peter Walls, chief executive of the Gentoo Group.

The debate has been held for the past 12 years, and, after the main discussion, there will be an opportunity for people to raise any issues and concerns.

The three most popular questions asked by the audience, and online, will be answered at the start of the event.

Coun Watson, said: “This annual event gives people the opportunity to hear about what’s been happening in the city over the past year and listen to the council’s plans for the year ahead.

“Most importantly, it’s one of the ways people can have their say, tell us their views and ask questions.

“This is a hugely important event in our city.” For details of the event and to submit questions, visit www.sunderland.gov.uk/yourcity-yoursay.

The event will be streamed live on the website. To register for a place, tel. 520 5519.