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Public Participation Scheme

The Council has improved its Public Participation Scheme at Full Council Meetings the scheme which includes a Code of Conduct can be viewed below.

For details regarding speaking at our Plans Committee please use the link on the right of this page.

Public Participation Scheme

  1. There will be a 15 minute Public Participation period at the start of Full Council.
  2. Persons wishing to speak must register themselves and their subject matter with the committee clerk and sign to agree to abide by the Public Participation Code of Conduct (appendix A) before the commencement of the meeting.
  3. The Chairman may select from the register any speaker in any order as he thinks appropriate.
  4. Persons may speak for up to 3 minutes.
  5. Persons may speak on any District Council matter.
  6. Persons must ensure that what they say is factually correct.
    (speakers cannot take advantage of the defence of qualified privilege and may be exposed to legal proceedings for defamation).
  7. Questions asked at Full Council under this Scheme will receive a written response from the Chief Executive or appropriate officer within 14 working days of the meeting.
  8. Speakers contravening the Code may be barred from participating in the Scheme for the next 6 Full Council meetings.
  9. The Chairman has absolute discretion over this Public Participation Scheme and its temporary suspension, variance or withdrawal at a particular meeting.

Code of Conduct

You may

  • Speak for up to 3 minutes
  • Speak on any District Council Matter

You must

  • Treat persons with dignity & respect
  • Register yourself and your subject matter and sign to agree to abide by this Code before the commencement of the meeting
  • Ensure what you say is factually correct

You must not

  • Make derogatory or defamatory remarks
    (speakers cannot take advantage of the defence of qualified privilege and may be exposed to legal proceedings for defamation)
  • Speak when the Chairman speaks


The Chairman has absolute discretion over this Public Participation Scheme and its temporary suspension, variance or withdrawal at a particular meeting.

NB: Speakers contravening this Code may be barred from participating in the Scheme for the next 6 Full Council meetings