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Attend Council meetings

We welcome attendance at our meetings.

Generally most meetings are open to the public and you can stay for as long as you want. There will be places for members of the public to sit in the meeting room.

A copy of the agenda for the meeting will usually be available from the Committee Secretary at the meeting (their name and contact details will appear on the agenda) but you may have to share if a lot of people attend.

Find out the dates of our main meetings and access the agendas, minutes and reports for:

Questions and petitions

You can ask a question or submit a petition at most of our meetings. There is an agenda item called 'Public Questions and Petitions' on the agenda for meetings of Full Council, Cabinet and Scrutiny Committees.

You have to attend the meeting to ask your questions, unless you request we make a reasonable adjustment. If it is not possible to answer your question at the meeting, you will receive a written reply within 14 days.

Submit a petition. You do not need to attend the meeting to present your petition.

Your chance to speak on planning applications at meetings of the Planning and Highways Committees.


Recording meetings

You can take photographs, film and audio-record the proceedings at Council, Cabinet and Committee meetings whilst they are open to the public.

The recording has to be conducted under the direction of the Chair of the meeting and follow our protocol on audio and visual recording and photography at council meetings (download below).

Anyone wishing to record must let the Chair of the meeting know prior to, or at the start of, the meeting and the recording must be overt (i.e. clearly visible to anyone at the meeting), but non-disruptive.

If you will be speaking at a meeting, for example to ask a question or present a petition, you will have the right not to be recorded. 

You will need to tell the Chair of the meeting that you do not want to be recorded.


How decisions are made

At the meeting the Councillors will be sat at the table. They will consider the reports and recommendations from officers and reach a decision on that information.

In the case of Scrutiny Committees, this can also involve evidence from people and organisations outside of the Council and it can sometimes take several meetings before the Scrutiny Committee reaches its conclusions and makes any recommendations to the Cabinet or Council.


Contact us

If you require any further information please contact Jennie Skiba, email or telephone 0114 2734096.

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