Attend or watch a Council Meeting

Attending meetings of Full Council and Committee meetings

Most meetings are held in the Council Chamber situated in the Wesleyan Chapel on Garrison Lane.

All meetings are open to the press and public and there is a section of the chamber dedicated to people who wish to attend. The press and public are not permitted to speak or interrupt during proceedings.

A limited number of agenda papers are available from the Chamber. They can also be downloaded in advance from here or requested from the Town Hall.

Meetings are conducted in 2 or 3 parts:

Part 1 consists of reports containing unrestricted information and members vote on each agenda item.

Part 2 consists of reports for information only, such as updates, notices or announcements, and while these may be discussed there are no decisions to be voted on.

Part 3 contains legally restricted information as defined under schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972 so all discussions must take place behind closed doors. At the end of Part 2, members of the press and public will be asked to leave the chamber before the meeting can resume.

Recordings of most committee meetings are available to view on our YouTube channel. Only Parts 1 and 2 of meetings are broadcast (see above).