Committee meetings are where all the major decisions for the council are taken, we will publish:

  • in advance when key decisions will be taken
  • meeting papers at least five working days beforehand
  • the minutes of the meetings, summarising decisions

Attending Council Meetings

You can attend most meetings of the council, although usually you won't be able to speak at them. There is however a facility to ask a question at public question time. Questions must be submitted beforehand.

Please be aware that you may be asked to leave the meeting at certain points if, for example, a confidential item is being discussed.

View our Calendar of meetings

Speaking at planning meetings

You may speak at a planning committee meeting if you are directly affected by planning application proposals.

Visit the speaking at planning meetings page for more information.

New rights to report council meetings

New rights have now been introduced which will help members of the public find out how decisions are made.

These rights allow you to:

  • use modern technology and communication methods such as filming, audio-recording, blogging and tweeting to report the proceedings of the meetings of your council and other local government bodies
  • see information relating to significant decisions made outside meetings by officers acting under a general or specific delegated power

The Open and accountable local government guide has been published to help you understand the changes and exercise your rights.