Three Darlington councillors are aiming to freshen up the tired ward surgery format by holding it in a music venue.
Cyndi Hughes and Malcolm Wright, Labour councillors for Park East on Darlington Borough Council, will hold a surgery in the Forum Music Centre, in Borough Road, on Wednesday, from 6pm to 7pm.
The pair previously played together in a band.
Long-serving Cllrs Hughes and Wright will be joined by new councillor Michael Nicholson, who was elected in May.
Cllr Hughes – who is offering to take her guitar along on Wednesday and hold an impromptu jamming session – said the aim was to move away from the image of councillors holding dull surgeries in dusty community centres.
“Of course, if someone wants to discuss a private issue, then we will deal with that in a respectful way.
“But I hope the surgery on Wednesday will be the opportunity to have a bit of fun.
“Most people email me with any issues, but there is still a traditional group of people who think councillors are just available at their surgery times.
“It’s not as if we are a different breed of human.”
Source – Northern Echo, 29 May 2015