Petitioning is one way that individuals, community groups and organisations can participate in the democratic process. It allows you to raise issues of public concern with the council. This helps councillors to decide on the areas that need change within the county or on a wider scale.
The council welcomes petitions and recognises that they are one way in which people living in the county can let the council know their concerns. The Petition Scheme is explained in Part 4.1, paragraph 9.4, of the Council's Rules of Procedure and in Part 4.4, paragraph 10, of the same document in relation to Committee and Sub-Committee meetings.
In addition to paper petitions the council offers an online petitioning service, so that you can publish and collect signatures for your petitions through the County Council website.
This means that the petition can be made available to a wider audience giving you the opportunity to gather names in support
Public question time at meetings of the County Council
Up to four members of the public can ask questions of the Leader of the Council or of the Chairman/woman of any committee at each ordinary meeting of the full Council. Members of the public wishing to ask a question need to submit their question no later than 12 noon, 5 working days in advance of the full Council meeting. Please email [email protected]. Guidelines are outlined in Part 4.1, paragraph 9.3 of the Council's Rules of procedure
Public speaking at Committee and Sub-Committee meetings (excluding Planning Committee)
Any member of the public can speak once in any debate at a Committee and Sub-Committee meeting. Members of the public wishing to speak need to make a request in writing no later than 12.00 noon three working days before the meeting. Please e-mail [email protected]. Guidelines are outlined in part 4.4, paragraph 9.1 of the Committee and Sub-Committee Rules of Procedure.
Public speaking at the Planning committee
Meetings of the Council's Planning Committee are open to the public. If you have already sent your views on a planning application to the council you may also speak at a meeting of the Planning Committee before a decision is made. If you wish to do this please read the following guidance and complete and return the registration form.