Social media stream puts key issues to County Council Members

  |  Published: May 26th 2016

For the third year running, residents could use social media to take part in debate at the County Council's annual general meeting (AGM) today (Thursday May 26). 

More than 130 Tweets came in during the two-hour debate, which included direct questions to Members on some key issues.

The AGM gave Members the chance to debate future challenges and opportunities for the Council with the help of keynote speaker Lou Patten, Chief Officer at the Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group.

Residents' questions were wide ranging, covering roads investment, the future of children's centres, education, youth unemployment, looking after an ageing population, children's safety, and partnering with towns and parishes to provide services. 

County Council Leader Martin Tett, whose keynote speech on future challenges facing Buckinghamshire started the debate, said he believed it was vital for democracy that local people could engage with their County Council.

'The next five years will see huge changes for the public sector and I want to encourage anyone with an interest to get involved,' he said.

'It's only by working together with parishes, towns, districts, emergency services, and the voluntary sector as one team that we'll move forward and be worthy of the trust of our residents.'

The full debate, including responses to residents' questions, is available to watch as a webcast at

Martin Tett speaking at last year's debate
Martin Tett speaking at last year's debate
Lou Patten addressing the 2016 AGM
Lou Patten addressing the 2016 AGM
Martin Tett addressing the 2016 AGM
Martin Tett addressing the 2016 AGM
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