Public Participation at Meetings
If you have a problem with a council-related matter, it is suggested that you should first contact your local Councillor(s).
The Area Planning Committee have a separate Public Speaking Scheme.
In respect of Executive Committee, Standards Committee and Audit Committee, any matter in relation to an item on the agenda (excluding Exempt or confidential items of business).
If there are several people wishing to speak on the same subject, the Chairman may ask one person to speak on behalf of the others.
You should, if you are able, stand to make the presentation and address the Chairman of the meeting.
At meetings of Full Council only, you will be allowed one supplementary question or statement provided it is directly related to the issue raised in the first question or statement.
He/she will respond, or in the case of a meeting of the Council, will invite the Chairman of the appropriate Committee to respond; or
The Chairman may invite the appropriate Head of Service or other Officer to respond
Where the subject raised needs research or verification of facts/detail, the Chairman will advise you of this and give an assurance that a written response dealing with the issue(s) raised will be sent within ten working days of the meeting.
If you would like further details about the procedure, please contact Democratic Services on 01684 862416 or 01684 862273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any special requirements or feel that standing or addressing the meeting may present a difficulty, please let us know beforehand. Arrangements will be made to help you as far as reasonably possible.