Public speaking and asking questions to committees

If you would like to ask a question at one of our committee meetings, or speak at a meeting with regard to a planning application, please find further information below.

Asking a question at a committee meeting

Is there something you wish to say about the way your local services are run? Do you want to ask a question of one of our committees with regard to the services we provide? Public questions can be made either in writing or verbally at every normal meeting of the following committees:

A period of 30 minutes is available at the start of each normal meeting of these committees for the purposes of responding to public questions. If you are interested in asking a question at a meeting please contact Democratic Services via email at or telephone on 01372 732000.  

Public speaking at Planning Committee meetings

 Public speaking in support or objection to planning applications is permitted at meetings of our Planning Committee. Information on how to register to speak at a meeting is included on the agenda available online.

There are three categories of speakers for each application: one objector, one supporter and the applicant or agent. Each will be given a maximum of three minutes in which to express their views.

After all the speakers have finished speaking for an item, the chairman will open the item to the committee for debate. At the end of the debate the committee will vote on the proposal.