Committee meetings public attendance

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, virtual formal meetings will cease from 17 May 2021.

Members of the public are informed that after 17 May 2021 COVID Regulations will ease and virtual meetings will not apply. Therefore, public meetings will be held at venues to be notified via meetings agenda. If Members of the public wish to attend a meeting they will need to book in advance due to COVID restrictions on the maximum numbers to attend. The following meetings specify the latest date, time and contact address to book your attendance in advance.

 

Executive Committee    Noon 14 May 2021   email: cttee.admin@eden.gov.uk

Planning Committee      Noon 18 May 2021  email: planning.services@eden.gov.uk

Council                       Noon 25 May 2021  email: cttee.admin@eden.gov.uk

 

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 dcls@eden.gov.uk, or write to:

Assistant Director Governance
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 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

Scrutiny

You can play an important role in the Council's Scrutiny function.

Petitions

You can submit a petition the Council.