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Public Participation at Meetings

Attend a meeting

You are welcome to attend Council or some of the other committee meetings to find out how decisions are made. For legal reasons however, you may be asked to leave before some items on agendas are discussed. These items are always indicated on the agenda as items where the press and public are excluded. These items contain confidential or other information that is classed as 'exempt' in law, for example, personal information about an employee of the Council.

Leader meetings and portfolio meetings are not open to the public but we do publish the agendas and public decisions relating to these meetings in the same way as for all the other meetings.

Asking questions

The public is entitled to ask questions at most of the Council's meetings. Your question may be directed to an individual Member, such as the Leader of the Council or a Portfolio Holder responsible for a particular area of the Council's services. Alternatively, you may wish to ask a question about the work of a Committee in general, in which case the question will be answered by the Chairman of that Committee.

Your question must arrive with us no later than midday one clear working day (that is not counting the day of the meeting or the day of delivery of the question) before the day of the meeting. Members of the public may ask only one question per meeting, however, you are entitled to put a supplemental question, without notice, to the Councillor who has responded to the original question.

If you cannot attend the meeting you can send in a question and it will get raised at the appropriate time. Alternatively, you can write to:

Director of Corporate and Legal Services
Eden District Council
Town Hall
Penrith
CA11 7QF

Invitations to Address Meetings

As a Member of the Public, you may make representation, answer questions or give evidence in relation to any matter for which the Council has responsibility. Anyone wishing to use this facility should request to do so in writing to the Director of Corporate and Legal Services by no later than midday one clear working day (that is not counting the day of the meeting or the day of delivery of the request) before the day of the meeting.

The request should set out the nature of any representations or evidence you wish to raise. The Chairman of the meeting will decide whether or not to permit you to address the meeting. The Chairman may refuse if the subject matter is considered irrelevant, vexatious, frivolous, repetitious, defamatory or is otherwise inappropriate.

Other ways of getting involved

Scrutiny

You can play an important role in the Council's overview and scrutiny function.

Petitions

You can submit a petition to the Council.

For Further Information

  • Contact: Members Services
  • Email: cttee.admin@eden.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 01768 212207 / 212142
  • Address: Town Hall, Penrith Cumbria CA11 7QF

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