Public Participation in Town Council & Committee Meetings

Members of the public may attend the non-confidential proceedings of any Town Council and committee meeting. However, they may not participate in debate or discussion.

If there is some issue on which they want to express their views in person, the Chairman can allow Public Participation by temporarily adjourning the meeting.

At normal Full Council meetings the period of time which is designated for public participation shall not exceed 15 minutes.

Each member of the public is entitled to speak once and shall not speak for more than 5 minutes.

A question asked by a member of the public during public participation session at a meeting shall not respond or debate.

The Chairman may direct that a response to a question posed by a member of the public be referred to a committee for consideration.

A record of the public participation shall be included in the minutes of that meeting.

Subject to standing orders, members of the public are permitted to make representations, answer questions and give advice.