Your chance to quiz Sunderland’s leaders

Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson
Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson
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SUNDERLAND residents can quiz council chiefs about issues affecting them.

The annual State of the City debate will be held on December 3.

This year it focuses on economic issues now and in the future.

Council leader Paul Watson said: “It’s important people come along and take the opportunity to raise issues, not only with me and my colleagues, but with other leaders of the city.”

“It demonstrates that we are accessible at least once a year. But it is important to remember that, of course, a lot of councillors are accessible seven days a week.”

Tory opposition leader Councillor Robert Oliver is urging people to take the chance to question council leaders.

He said: “It’s the only time when people can ask questions of the council leaders, so it’s important to take the opportunity.

“It’s important that the council and councillors get to hear from members of the public what they feel is positive or negative about the city.

“The most important questions people could be asking are around the development of the city centre.

“Whether people feel the plans are robust and realistic, especially focusing on the Vaux site, Holmeside and along the seafront, and whether people feel the development is right for Sunderland and is happening quickly enough.”

The debate will be at the Seaburn Centre from 6pm to 8.30pm. If you wish to attend, register by calling 520 5519 or emailing

Questions can be submitted in advance, and the top three most asked questions will be answered on the night. Written answers will be provided for all other questions.