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Join Council Leaders and business guest live on Facebook

Published Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Residents are invited to watch and interact with the council’s next live #AskTheLeaders coronavirus question and answer session on City of York Council’s Facebook page on Tuesday 19 May, 5-6pm.

Residents can watch live on Facebook to hear from:

  • Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities
  • Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning
  • Cllr Denise Craghill, Executive Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods
  • Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health
  • Neil Ferris, Director for Economy and Place
  • Carolyn Frank, Development Manager, FSB Yorkshire, Humber and North East

In this, the council’s second live coronavirus question and answer session, special guest Carolyn Frank from the Federation for Small Business will be taking questions regarding support for businesses in the region amidst lockdown restrictions and looking ahead to restarting York’s economy after the crisis.

How to get involved:

Residents can interact with the session by either submitting questions in advance by emailing them to or commenting on the live video on Facebook where leaders will read out questions and respond.* Questions may be answered by theme rather than individually so that the conversation covers as many topics as possible.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, said;

We know that for so many businesses across the city they want access information at the right time to enable them to keep their staff and customers safe.

“I am pleased that we have the opportunity to communicate with residents and businesses and to address questions and concerns in this rapidly changing situation with more responsibilities being transferred from government onto them. Along with our guest from the Federation of Small Business, we are interested to hear how businesses across the city are responding to the crisis and how we can work with them to support York’s economy across the whole city, and the wide range of sectors.”

Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities said;

In these times of uncertainty and concern it is vital that the Council takes every opportunity to address residents’ concerns and communicate openly as the city responds to the crisis.

"It was encouraging to see the level of engagement from residents across the city for the first Facebook Live Coronavirus Q&A answer session, and I look forward to seeing even more residents take this extra opportunity to have their voices heard and their questions answered on 19 May.”

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*Please note: Residents do not need a Facebook account to watch the live video however, they will need their own Facebook account to comment on the video with their questions. Questions can also be Emailed: