Attend public meetings

We encourage the public to attend meetings of the council and its committees, and anyone attending is able to record or film what takes place at them provided that doesn't disrupt the meeting. Details of what meetings are coming up are published on the council's website and also published in public offices of the council.

The agenda and papers are normally published on our website at least five working days in advance of the meeting and a small number of copies are available for members of the public at the meeting. Draft minutes of the meeting are also published on the website as soon as possible after the meeting.

Nearly all meetings of the council and its committees are held in public. However on rare occasions an agenda item includes information which cannot be released to the public. When this is the case members of the public will be asked to leave the meeting for discussion of that item. We will explain the reasons why and, as far as is legally possible, will afterwards provide a public summary of the decision taken.