Attend a Council Meeting

All Committee meetings are open to the press and public and there is a section of the chamber dedicated to people who wish to attend.

The Chamber is situated in the Wesleyan Chapel on Garrison Lane.

A limited number of agenda papers are available from the Chamber. They can also be downloaded in advance from here or requested from the Town Hall.

The press and public are not permitted to speak or interrupt during proceedings.

Meetings are conducted in 2 or 3 parts:

Part 1 consists of reports containing unrestricted information and members vote on each agenda item.

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.

Part 3 contains legally restricted information as defined under schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972 so all discussions must take place behind closed doors. At the end of Part 2, members of the press and public will be asked to leave the chamber before the meeting can resume.

The Council also broadcasts many of its committees online.

You can find out more about webcasts here.