Attend a Council Meeting

Attending meetings of Full Council and Committee meetings

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

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

A limited number of agenda papers are available in the room at the time of the meeting. They can also be downloaded in advance from the committee webpages on this sit or requested by emailing 

Meetings are conducted as follows:

Part 1 of the meeting consists of reports containing unrestricted information that require Members to make a decision, or pass comment.  This is the main part of the meeting.

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.  Most often, this part of the meeting is not discussed, and the meeting may end.

Part 3 contains legally restricted information as defined under schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972 so all discussions must take place without the public and press. The Members will formally request, following advice from an officer, that the public and press be excluded from the room before proceeding to discuss the item(s) listed in that Part. 

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