Public participation

There are a number of opportunities for members of the public to get involved in decisions:

Be part of the decisions that affect you

The Councillors that you elected are making decisions on your behalf.  You can be a part of this process – there are a number of opportunities for members of the public to get involved in decisions.

Contact with the Cabinet Members

The Cabinet consists of the Leader and six Cabinet Members who are responsible for particular services and activities.  You can check who the Cabinet Member is for a particular matter.

Can I attend meetings?

Our meetings are open to the public.  Check our calendar of meetings for more information. If an agenda item is to be considered in private, this will be clearly marked on the agenda for the meeting.

Can I speak at meetings?

You can speak at Cabinet and scrutiny committee meetings.  Statements must be relevant to a matter that is on the agenda for the particular meeting.  Agendas are published on the Council’s website five working days before the meeting of the Committee.  A hard copy of the agenda can be obtained by contacting Democratic Services on 01296 585041 or by email.

There is a separate procedure to register to speak at Development Management  and Strategic Development Management Committees meetings.

You may also speak at meetings of the Licensing Committee.  Applicant(s) for a license and/or their representative, any objectors or supporters must give advance notice in writing before the meeting.

Statements will not be allowed in certain circumstances, such as if they are defamatory, frivolous, offensive or of a confidential nature.

How can I arrange to speak?

You must notify Democratic Services on 01296 585041 or by email that you intend to speak at the meeting no later than 12 noon of the working day before the meeting.  When you contact us you must provide brief details of the nature of your statement, so that we can ensure that it is relevant to the particular meeting.

How long can I speak for?

You will have a maximum of 2 ½ minutes in which to make your statement.  The overall time allowed for statements will be at the discretion of the Leader of the Chairman of the Committee.  There is no right of reply.

How will my comments be considered?

You statement will be taken into account during the subsequent debate on the matter.  The minutes of the meeting will be available on our website.


An e-petitions facility is available to help you create petitions.

To get involved or to find out more information please email us.