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Tours, meetings and debates planned to engage South Tyneside residents in democracy

Coun Alan Kerr at last year's Local Democracy Week interactive role play session with local school children.
Coun Alan Kerr at last year's Local Democracy Week interactive role play session with local school children.

People in South Tyneside are being invited to gain an insight into the workings of the council during a week dedicated to local democracy.

Local Democracy Week will run from Monday, October 15, to Friday, October 19, with the aim to raise awareness of local authorities, and encourage people to get more involved in the democratic process.

South Tyneside Council is marking the week with a series of events which include an intergenerational debate and special town hall tours, both open for the public to get involved.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader with responsibility for democratic renewal, said: “Local democracy 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.”

The tours of South Shields Town Hall will be hosted by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ken Stephenson, on Monday, October 15, from 6pm to 7pm; Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19, both from 2pm to 3pm.

The intergenerational debate will take place on Wednesday, October 17, from 6pm to 8pm, in the Council Chamber of South Shields Town Hall.

Five of Community Area Forums (CAFs) will also be held across the borough and Jarrow and Primrose libraries will also be displaying small exhibits. Children will also take part in a role play session held at South Shields Town Hall.

To book call: 0191 424 7003 or email aisling.crane@southtyneside.gov.uk