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Public question time

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As part of our drive to modernise and improve consultation with local people, a 30-minute question time period for members of the public has been included as part of our council meetings. (Monday of Council week). 

Please Note - We are continuing to accept public questions if submitted by 12 noon on the Monday of the week of Council.  They must continue to be submitted to the Head of Member Services at, however, during the Covid-19 crisis you will not be able to "ask" your question in person. 

The Mayor will "ask" your question on your behalf and a written answer will be provided after the meeting.

The usual rules apply to asking public questions aside from the change in asking the question in person.

The above arrangements are temporary and will be reviewed over time.

How do I ask a question at a council meeting?

You may ask questions to members of the cabinet and chairs of committees, but the questions must be received in writing no later than midday 3 days before the day of the meeting.

Please note that we encourage you to submit your question to us at the earliest opportunity. 

If you leave it until the Monday deadline there may be a possibility that your question could be rejected due to time constraints and the Council being in a position to answer your question.  In that case your question, if accepted, would have to be asked at the following Council meeting.

To find out the date of the next meeting please see the calendar of meetings.

How do I submit a question?

Questions can be submitted through our online form.

Request to ask a question at Full Council 

Written questions should be submitted to:

Julie Thorpe 
Head of Member Services 
Corporate Services
Town Hall 

Each question must give the name and address of the questioner and must name the member of the council to whom it is put.

How many questions can I ask?

You can only submit one question per meeting. However, you may ask a further question relating to the original question, without notice, to the person who replied to you.

What type of questions can I ask?

Questions should be about policy issues or refer to a subject of general public interest. 

Questions concerning individual issues or concerns should be directed to the appropriate Council departments and management team.

The Chief Executive may reject a question if it:

  • is not about a matter for which the local authority has a responsibility or which affects the city
  • is defamatory, frivolous or offensive
  • is substantially the same as a question which has been put at a meeting of the Council in the past six months
  • requires the disclosure of confidential or exempt information

For further details on the type of question that may be asked please contact Member Services by emailing or call 01772 906112. 

Who will ask the question at the meeting?

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak if a meeting of full Council was held, the question, if accepted, would be read out by the Mayor and a response sent by letter in the post.

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