Series of events aims to open up world of local democracy in South Tyneside

South Shields Town Hall
South Shields Town Hall

The world of local politics is to be opened up as part of a week-long event to encourage more people to get involved in decision-making.

Local Democracy Week will feature a series of events across South Tyneside aimed at raising awareness of what local councils do and how they work.

Coun Olive Punchion who will be conducting the tour of South Shields Town Hall

Coun Olive Punchion who will be conducting the tour of South Shields Town Hall

People will have the chance to take a tour of the town hall as well as visit a ‘pop up’ democracy stand in Hebburn Central.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for democratic renewal, said: “Local Democracy Week is a Europe wide campaign to raise people’s awareness of local government.

“Local democracy is something which affects each and every resident so we are keen to involve as many people as possible and help them get a better understanding of what the Council does, what democracy really means and how their contribution to the democratic process can really make a difference.

“We promote democracy all year round, but during Local Democracy Week we provide further opportunities to take part in events as well as find out about how council meetings work and the duties of council officers and elected members.”

Local democracy is something which affects each and every resident so we are keen to involve as many people as possible.

Coun Alan Kerr

The Town Hall tours will be hosted by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Olive Punchion in South Shields on Tuesday and the Deputy Mayor, Coun Ken Stephenson in Jarrow on Thursday. Both tours start at 2.30pm.

To book a place on the town hall tours or information about how to get involved in local democracy contact South Tyneside Council’s Democratic Services Team on (0191) 424 7019 or email democratic.services@southtyneside.gov.uk