At the last meeting of the full council (on Friday, 23 February), it was decided to move forward with plans to change the content and format of meetings, and to further publicise meetings around the borough.
Gateshead Council holds its council meetings monthly - and although meetings have always been open to the public, they are on occasion, not well attended.
Possible plans to change the format of meetings in future include;
Getting outside speakers, including MPs/MEPs, or from outside organisations such as, Northumbria Police, One NorthEast, health trusts and the Environment Agency, to talk about issues effecting residents in Gateshead.
Allowing local residents and groups to present petitions at meetings. Having policy debates between the political groups, with expert speakers from other organisations being invited to take part.
Allowing local residents to take part in public 'question time' sessions during meetings.