Members of the public may ask questions during the public open session held immediately prior to each full Parish Council meeting. Each person is limited to 3 minutes to make their comment and/or ask question[s]. Guidance notes can be downloaded.

  1. Public Question Time

The council meets and makes its decisions in public and is committed to community engagement and therefore invites members of the public, the press, the police and district & county councillors to attend meetings and contribute within the public forum.  A council meeting is not a public meeting; it is a meeting held in public and there is no requirement in law to provide an opportunity for the public to question the council, however, this council is pleased to receive input from the residents of its Parish.

  1. Disruption of Council Meetings

Members of the public are asked to respect the fact that council meetings are called to conduct council business and interruptions during council business are not allowed and will not be permitted.  If, in the opinion of the Chairman, the business of the meeting is disrupted in any way, the Chairman will ask the person/s causing the disruption to be quiet and if they refuse or persist, will ask them to leave.  All mobile phones must also be switched off or at the very least be in silent/vibrate mode during all council meetings.

Please download this file to read the complete Parish Council guidance on Public Question time as it contains more important information for anyone wishing to address a meeting.

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