Attend a council or committee meeting
You are welcome to attend Council, or some of the other committee meetings, to find out how we make decisions. We may ask you to leave before we discuss some items on an agenda for legal reasons. These items are always indicated on the agenda as items where we exclude the press and public. These items contain confidential or other information classed as 'exempt' in law, for example, personal information about an employee of the Council.
Due to the easement of COVID Regulations, there will be no more virtual formal meetings from 17 May 2021.
Meeting agendas will show the venue for each public meeting. If you would like to attend a meeting you will need to book in advance. Advanced booking is due to COVID restrictions on the number who can attend.
To attend the following meeting:
We will add information on the next meeting along with a contact email and deadline date for booking to attend when details become available.
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 at a meeting
The public can ask questions at most of our meetings. You may direct your question to an individual Member, such as the Leader of the Council, or a Portfolio Holder responsible for a particular area of our services. Alternatively, you may wish to ask a question about the work of a Committee in general, in which case the Chairman of that Committee will answer your question. 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 can 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. You can either email email@example.com, or write to:
Assistant Director Governance
Eden District Council
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 Assistant Director Governance 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 irrelevant, vexatious, frivolous, repetitious, defamatory, or is otherwise inappropriate.
Recording and Reporting Policy
If a meeting is open to the public, you can film, sound record, photograph and use social media to report on the meeting, providing that these activities do not disrupt the meeting.
We would ask anyone who wishes to use large equipment to contact us in advance to seek further advice, as these requests are subject to practical considerations and the constraints of our meeting rooms. Anyone wishing to do this will need to contact us with at least 24 hours' notice.
Read Recording and Reporting of Public Meetings Policy (PDF: 509 Kb / 13 pages), which sets out the rules for recording and reporting on the Council's public meetings.
Other ways of getting involved
You can play an important role in the Council's Scrutiny function.