If there is anything you want to tell your councillor to influence the decisions they make you can:
- Write to your councillor
- Talk directly to your councillor - by phone or in person
- Speak at the beginning of most public meetings.
This page explains what you need to do if you wish to speak at a public meeting. We allocate 15 minutes at the beginning of most public meetings for you to:
- Ask a question in relation to any item on the agenda
- Make a statement in relation to any item on the agenda
- Present a petition (containing at least 100 signatures to Council)
For most public meetings you have up to five minutes to speak.
There are special arrangements for public speaking at Planning Committee meetings on planning applications. At these meetings each speaker is given a maximum of three minutes. This is to allow members of the public the opportunity to make their views known directly to the committee.
For more information about public speaking arrangements at Council and committee meetings, please refer to the Council's Constitution.