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Questions at Meetings

Members of the public may ask questions during an open session held at the start of each full Parish Council Meeting. Each person is limited to 3 minutes to ask their question or make a comment. Please see full rules below:

Extract from Standing Orders regarding members of the public speaking at meetings.

Section 3.

3.e   Members of the public may make representations, answer questions and give evidence at a meeting which they are entitled to attend in respect of the business on the agenda.

3.f   The period of time designated for public participation at a meeting in accordance with standing order 3(e) shall not exceed thirty minutes unless directed by the chairman of the meeting.

3.g   Subject to standing order 3(f), a member of the public shall not speak for more than three (3) minutes.  This period may be extended at the sole discretion of the chairman of the meeting by a further two minutes.

3.h   In accordance with standing order 3(e), a question shall not require a response at the meeting nor start a debate on the question. The chairman of the meeting may direct that a written or oral response be given.

3.i   A person shall raise his hand when requesting to speak and stand when speaking (except when a person has a disability or is likely to suffer discomfort). The chairman of the meeting may at any time permit a person to be seated when speaking.

3.j   A person who speaks at a meeting shall direct his comments to the chairman of the meeting.

3.k   Only one person is permitted to speak at a time. If more than one person wants to speak, the chairman of the meeting shall direct the order of speaking.