From May 2020 until further notice, meetings will be held remotely and you can view them on Facebook Live (you do not need a Facebook account). These meetings are all open to the public and most have time set aside for submissions to be read out. Direct questions are not allowed, but you may read a statement or express an opinion.
Anyone who lives in the district or who pays council tax or business rates is eligible to take part. You will need to send us a written submission of no more than 750 words. We must receive your written submission by 10am on the working day before the meeting. You must contact us to request to take part and let us know what you want to comment on by:
- calling committee services on 01993 861 522
- emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
What your submission can be about
At committee and cabinet meetings your submission must relate to points on the meeting agenda. At full council meetings other issues can be raised which are relevant to the district. You can find out which committee has responsibility for the issue you want to raise by looking at the agendas and reports for the meetings. These are available five working days before each meeting. Some matters may be excluded, contact us for advice or more information.
What happens during the meeting
The time limit for one submission is five minutes. If several people want to contribute on the same subject they are restricted to a total of five minutes. The time for all submissions at one meeting is 30 minutes. Submissions will be read to the meeting by a member of staff. You will not be asked questions on your submission. Contact us for advice if you are unsure.
These temporary processes aim to strike a balance between the need to conduct business, technological and other risks, and being able to hear the views of the public. We will keep this process under review.