‘Ask me anything’ – York council leaders ready to answer your questions

City of York Council leader Chris Steward (left) and deputy leader Keith Aspden
23 Nov 2015 @ 9.13 pm
| Politics

Have you got a burning question about the way York is run? Do you want to know more about an important issue? Is there something you think the city could do differently?

Well now’s your chance to ask the people at the top.

In a pioneering move both the leader of City of York Council, Chris Steward, and the deputy Keith Aspden, have agreed to answer YorkMix readers’ questions.

When they formed the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition in May, both men said they wanted to lead a more open administration, where “decision-making is done in public with transparency”.

As part of that commitment they are going to respond to questions put to them by you.

Cllr Steward, the Conservative leader, will answer questions in December. Cllr Aspden, who leads the Lib Dems, will answer in January, and the top two will then alternate each month from then on.

They won’t get to choose which ones to answer – we will select the best and put them to the leaders.

YorkMix editor Chris Titley said:

Thanks to both Cllrs Steward and Aspden, who both enthusiastically welcomed this idea.

It can only strengthen our city’s democracy if the leaders are ready and willing to take questions from anyone in the city on a regular basis.

This is something of an experiment – but I’m hoping it will prove to be an interesting and engaging one – who knows what will come up!

How to take part

There are four ways to put your question to the leaders:

1. Post a question in the comments below this article
2. Send us a question on our Facebook page
3. Tweet a question to @theyorkmix with the hashtag #askyorkleaders
4. Email us a question to [email protected]

Two simple rules: be civil and keep it decent. And let’s start the debate!