Last chance to get tickets for town’s ‘Question Time’ event

Friday, 9th March 2018

FREE tickets are still available for Tamworth residents who want to quiz town leaders at a special ‘Question Time’ style event taking place on Monday (March 12).

The fifth annual ‘Tamworth Listens’ event, organised by Tamworth Borough Council, has been scheduled for the evening of March 12th, but can only be a success if members of the public get involved.

It takes place at Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form where a panel made up of the Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Cllr Daniel Cook, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, and Staffordshire County Councillor, Jeremy Oates, will be answering your questions.

The event will be based on the borough council’s three strategic priorities; living a quality life in Tamworth, growing strong together in Tamworth and delivering quality services in Tamworth.

Panellists have been chosen to ensure residents have access to three of the main authorities responsible for delivering services in the town.

Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Cllr Daniel Cook, said: “Tamworth is a town that wants to grow, to progress and improve the offer and opportunities to our residents. To meet this aspiration, we need to hear the views of our residents and where possible feed back into our policies and objectives. The panel will be there to hear residents’ views on many topics and answer questions to the best of our ability.”

Staffordshire County Councillor, Jeremy Oates, said: “Borough and county councils each have responsibilities for particular services but there is often uncertainty around who does what.

“By being part of the panel, alongside the borough council representative, people should hopefully be able to get answers to their questions, irrelevant of which local authority is responsible for that service.”

Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, said: “I’m always delighted to attend Tamworth Listens. The public accountability of political leaders is essential. As happens every year, I expect panel members to receive and answer tough questions from what is always a well-informed audience in Tamworth.”

A number of questions have already been submitted in advance by those attending, but there should also be the opportunity for additional questions to be taken from the audience.

Tickets for the event are free of charge and can be obtained from Tamworth’s Information Centre in Marmion House, Lichfield Street. Tickets can also be obtained by emailing, calling 01827 709581 or texting TBCTIC with message to 88020 to reserve a ticket. Spaces need to be reserved by the latest of midday on Monday (March 12).

The presentation suite at Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form, Ashby Road, will open at 7pm and the Question Time event will start at 7.15pm and finish at 9.30pm.

Tamworth Borough Council’s communications team will be posting live updates throughout the event for anyone who is unable to attend on the night. Please visit the Tamworth Borough Council Facebook page or follow @TamworthCouncil on Twitter.