Public Speaking at Council Meetings

Any person residing or working in the Borough may ask a question at meetings of the Full Council. In addition, recognised and formally constituted public groups and bodies, previously registered with the Head of Legal & Democratic Services, may ask a question.

A period of 30 minutes will be set aside towards the end of the meeting for questions to be put. You can ask any question as long as it is relevant to some matter over which the Council has powers or duties or which specifically affects the area of the Council or part of it or its inhabitants. It may not, however, relate to a planning application, other planning or licensing matters, personal cases or confidential matters. However, you may also ask a supplementary question provided it is relevant to the original question and does not introduce a new subject matter.

If you submit more than one question, you will be asked to prioritise one question, with any further questions heard after any questions received from other members of the public. Questions must be limited to 125 words. Any words exceeding this limit will not be published or considered as part of the question.

The Member of the Executive or Chairman of the relevant committee will either answer the question orally at that time or will agree to send you a written answer within 7 days.

To register your wish to ask a question you will need to submit the question in writing to the Head of Legal & Democratic Services at least 3 clear working days before the meeting (that is, not counting the day of the meeting). Meetings of the Council are held on a Wednesday so you will need to submit the question by 5 p.m. on the preceding Thursday.

To register a public group or body with the Council an application form can be obtained from the Democratic Services at the Council, on 01276 707100 or email democratic.services@surreyheath.gov.uk To be registered the organisation will need to be a properly constituted body.

Presenting Petitions at Council

Presenting petitions at Council will be conducted in accordance with the petitions scheme as set out in Part 4 Section L of the Constitution.