Former BBC political commentator Jim Hancock is hosting an online consultation in which residents can put questions to Cheshire West and Chester Council’s executive members about their budget priorities.
The webcast goes live at 6.40pm on Wednesday, January 29 at www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/budgetconsultation.
After an introduction by council chief executive Steve Robinson, Jim will ask the five council directors about their visions for the future of their services followed by questions from the people watching the webcast.
Viewers will then be asked for more questions which will be put to executive members who will answer them live on air.
The event will last until about 9pm and in the final stages people will be able to vote online on council priorities.
The council needs to make further savings of £49m over the next three years. It has achieved ongoing savings of £113m a year and £44m of this has been reinvested into priority services, leaving a net saving of £69m for tax payers.
A consultation document containing details of the draft budget proposals has been published on the Council’s website and hard copies are available from libraries and many other council buildings.
People can also take part in the consultation by completing the feedback form included with the consultation document either online or by sending their comments to the Research and Intelligence Team, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Goldsmith House, Hamilton Place, Chester CH1 1SE. The closing date for feedback is February 9.