Which meetings can I speak at?
There are five ordinary Council meetings in a year. The right to speak or ask a question only applies to the five ordinary Council meetings. The right does not apply to the Annual Council meeting, the Meeting of the Council held in February primarily to approve the Council Tax, or an Extraordinary Meeting of Council.
If you want to speak or ask a question at one of the ordinary Council meetings you must make a written request and send it to the Council's Chief Executive. It must arrive by noon on the fifth working day before the Council meeting in question.
Most Council meetings are on a Thursday, and so for such a meeting your request would need to arrive by noon on the Thursday beforehand. This allows the Council's staff to check that it meets the requirements, notify the Mayor, and, if it is a question, put the appropriate Councillor on notice that he or she will be called to respond.
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