Council Meetings

All meetings of the District Council are open to the Public unless there is anything confidential or 'exempt' information to be considered.

Full Council meetings are broadcast via the internet so anyone can watch the meetings as they progress or can catch up later.

Full Council and the committees produce forward agenda plans which detail the dates and times of meetings, plus the list of items expected to be presented at those meetings.

The Council also has a number of schemes to involve the Public in meetings.

Visitor parking is limited to 30 minutes. Ample free public car parking is available nearby.

Details of car parks available

Public Question Time

Link to Public Question Time leaflet - how the public can ask questions or make statements to some of the Council's committees

Arranging to Speak at a Committee Meeting

Only available for either Planning Committee or Licensing Committee. The registration is on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Planning Committee

  • Please telephone Democratic Services on 01353-665555 no later than 5pm on the Tuesday before the meeting.

View information leaflet - Speaking at Planning Committee

Licensing Committee

  • Please note this only applies to licence applications and not policy decisions.
  • Please note this does not apply to Licensing Sub-Committee Hearings, which require special arrangements.
  • Please telephone Democratic Services on 01353-665555 no later than 2pm on the day before the meeting.

View information leaflet - Speaking at Licensing Committee

Public Petitions Scheme

The Council operates a Public Petition Scheme, where members of the public can present a petition on a relevant matter to full Council or one of its committees.

Public Petitions Scheme

Meetings in the Council Chamber

The maximum capacity for meetings in the Council Chamber has been set by the Fire Officer and this will normally give a capacity for public attendance of 60 people.

For Planning Committee meetings, preference will be given to applicants, agents and registered speakers.