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Public speaking at meetings

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1. Overview

Members of the public may ask questions at ordinary meetings of the Council, the Executive and Scrutiny Committees. These questions may be addressed to the Leader of the Council, Executive members or Chairs of the Scrutiny Committees. Members of the public may not ask questions at Annual Council or special meetings. Questions submitted for meetings of the Council or Scrutiny Committees must be about something the Council is responsible for and questions submitted for meetings of the Executive must relate to an item on the agenda for that meeting. The same question cannot be asked at more than one meeting.

Members of the public also have the opportunity to speak at Planning Committee. This allows people who have an interest in an application to express their view on significant or major applications. The opportunity is aimed primarily at individuals who have a direct interest in the application. Consequently, professional representation is strongly discouraged.  This is limited to one speaker for and one against the application.

Our committee agendas and minutes are available online.

You can register to speak by completing our Request to speak at a committee form.

If you need any further information,  please contact us (selecting "Other Service").