Council and Committees

Notice of, Attending and Speaking at Meetings

Notice of Meetings
The Council will give at least five clear working days notice of any meeting by posting details of the meeting at the Municipal Offices. The Council will make copies of the agenda and reports open to the public available for inspection at the Municipal Offices at least five clear working days before the meeting. If an item is added to the agenda later, the revised agenda will be open to inspection from the time the item was added to the agenda.

Attending Meetings
Members of the public have a right to attend all meetings of the Council and its Committees, unless the Councillors have to discuss private matters. When this happens the public have the right to know why things are discussed in private. Most of the Council's meetings are open to the public.

Speaking at Meetings
Members of the public have the right to ask questions at a full Council meeting. They can ask questions of the leader of the council, any portfolio holder and any chair of a committee.

A question may only be asked if notice has been given by delivering it in writing or by electronic mail to the proper officer no later than midday 7 clear working days* before the day of the meeting. Each question must give the name and address of the questioner and must indicate the member of the Council to whom it is to be put.

* clear working days excludes the day on which the action described is taken and the day of the meeting. For this purpose Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, a bank holiday in England or a day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning, and any other day which may be designated by the Council.