Ask a question at a council meeting

Members of the public may ask questions of the Leader, and other members of the Cabinet, at ordinary meetings of the Council.

Only one question may be permitted, and it must be submitted, either using the online form below, or via email to, no later than ten clear working days before the day of the meeting. 

You need to specify which meeting you want to ask your question at, using the dates for Full Council meetings. Please note that you can only ask questions at 'ordinary' meetings, and not the Annual meeting, which is usually held in May each year. 

Please note, you may only ask one question, which should be succinct. We will not accept written statements.

Please note that the Monitoring Officer may reject a question if it:

a)     Is not about a matter for which the Council has a responsibility or which affects the district;
b)     Is defamatory, frivolous or offensive;
c)     Is substantially the same as a question which has been put at a meeting of the Council in the past six months; or
d)     Requires the disclosure of confidential or exempt information.

If your question is rejected by the Monitoring Officer, you will be notified within three working days. 

At the meeting

The Chairman will invite the questioner to put the question to the councillor named in the notice. The relevant Cabinet Member/Chairman will then respond to the question.  The questioner may then as one relevant supplementary question. This must arise directly out of the original question, or the reply.   

 If a questioner, is not present at the meeting, the question will not be answered. 

There will be a time limit of 30 minutes for public questions, and any question, which cannot be dealt with during public question time, will be dealt with by a written answer within ten clear working days. 

Ask a question at a Council meeting

Privacy notice for Councillors 2019 (PDF, 152KB)