Public speaking and asking questions to committees

If you would like to ask a question at one of our committee meetings, or speak at a meeting with regard to a planning application, please find further information below.

Asking a question at a committee meeting

Is there something you wish to say about the way your local services are run? Do you want to ask a question of one of our committees with regard to the services we provide? Public questions can be made either in writing or verbally at every normal meeting of the following committees:

A period of 30 minutes is available at the start of each normal meeting of these committees for the purposes of responding to public questions. If you are interested in asking a question at a meeting please contact the Democratic Services Officer listed as a contact for that committee on the links above, and on the agenda for each meeting. If you are uncertain which committee would be most appropriate for your question, please contact us

Public speaking at Planning Committee meetings

 Public speaking in support or objection to planning applications is permitted at meetings of our Planning Committee. If you wish to speak at a Planning Committee meeting, you should come to the reception area of the town hall in person between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on the night of the meeting to register. It is not possible to pre-register prior to this. If a number of people wish to speak on a particular application you will normally be asked to nominate a single representative from amongst you.

There are three categories of speakers for each application: one objector, one supporter and the applicant or agent. Each will be given a maximum of three minutes in which to express their views.

The Committee meeting will start at 7.00pm, and the chairman will introduce each application and announce the names of all those people who have registered to speak.

After all the speakers have finished speaking for an item, the chairman will open the item to the committee for debate. At the end of the debate the committee will vote on the proposal.

Further information about the procedure for public speaking at the Planning Committee is provided in this guidance note. If you have any questions regarding the procedure please contact the Democratic Services Officer listed as the contact on the Planning Committee web page or on the agenda for the meeting. Alternatively, you can also get in touch via our Contact us page.