12 Jan 2016

Democracy and Engagement

Mayor’s Question Time at The City Academy

Bristol’s elected mayor, George Ferguson, will host his next public question time on Wednesday 20 January from 7.30pm at The City Academy Bristol, Redfield. 

The event is an opportunity for the public to ask the mayor questions on any relevant topic. 

Attendees who want to ask a question will need to complete a form on the night.  The independent facilitator, Bristol 24/7 and BBC online reporter Pamela Parkes, will select questions on a broad range of issues, including popular hot topics, from these forms.   The questions will then be put to the mayor in front of a live audience.  The mayor will not know what the questions will be beforehand. 

Following this session, there will be an open forum for questions on any issues that have not already been covered. 
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “These sessions are just one part of my commitment to being an open and accessible city leader. As part of this commitment, I run a number of initiatives – outside the formal meetings of the council – which allow time to listen and respond to the views of Bristol’s citizens on any relevant subject. 

“These events are a vital part of my ambition to make Bristol a more open city with visible and accessible leadership. I encourage anyone who would like to come along to book their place now and I look forward to answering as many of your questions as possible on the 20th.”

Mayor’s Question Time is free and open to all but booking in advance is required as space is limited.  Places can be booked at www.bristol.gov.uk/mayorquestions.  Anyone without internet access can book by calling 0117 922 2650.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start.  People who want to submit questions need to arrive in good time as all questions must be submitted by 7.15pm at the latest.  The event will finish at 8.45pm.


Notes to editors
• The event will take place at the Fielden Theatre, The City Academy Bristol, Russell Town Avenue, Bristol BS5 9JH.
• Mayor’s Question Time is part of a range of outreach activities undertaken by the mayor to engage with and listen to Bristol citizens, including regular radio phones–ins, community visits and ASK George web chats.   

Travelling to the venue
• The City Academy is a five minute walk from Lawrence Hill train station, which has connections to the main Bristol stations of Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway.
• For anyone travelling by bike, City Academy is located next to the Bristol and Bath Railway Path.
• There is parking available at the front of the school or in the staff parking area for anyone arriving by car.