Attending public committee meetings

Members of the public and the media have the right to attend meetings of Full Council, Cabinet and other Committees, unless confidential information or exempt information is likely to be disclosed.

Members of the public also have a right to speak at meetings.

Full Council meetings

At these meetings, the public have a right to put questions to portfolio holders and relevant Chairmen, under an agenda item.

The public are also permitted to present petitions at these meetings. Find out more about petitions.

Other committees

Members of the public have a right to speak at other committee meetings, if relevant to an agenda item, except on enforcement matters or on confidential or exempt business. Generally, any number of objectors can speak for five minutes in total and supporters will have the same speaking rights. The relevant town or parish council will also be entitled to speak for five minutes. Speaking times can be extended in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Chairman.

If you intend to speak at a meeting, it is helpful to advise the Chairman or Committee Clerk in advance of the start of the meeting.

Find out more about attending and speaking at meetings of the Development Management (Planning) Committee.

Filming meetings

The public is permitted to record and film committee meetings. Find out more about filming at meetings.