Ask a public question
If you live or work in Herefordshire you can ask a question at any of the following public meetings of the council:
- Full Council
- Audit and governance committee
- Health and wellbeing board
- Employment panel
- All of our scrutiny committees
View current committee meetings and agendas. You can also view and download agendas and minutes on the modern.gov app.
How and when to submit your question
You may ask one question per meeting.
To ask a question:
- Send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
- Write to the Monitoring Officer, Herefordshire Council, County Offices, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0LE
We must receive it at least three working days before the day of the meeting (not including the day of the meeting) as set out in the table below. (We define a working day as Monday through Friday, excluding bank holidays in England and Wales.)
|Meeting day||Question deadline is
9.30am on previous:
(Where a deadline would fall on a bank holiday, the deadline will be the previous working day.)
Make sure you include your full name and address when you submit a question. We use this to verify that you live or work in Herefordshire.
What we will publish
Your name and a general location, for example the name of the town or village where you live or work, will be included with the list of published questions and answers.
We publish copies of accepted questions and answers on the council website before the start of the meeting, and make them available to members of the public who attend the meeting.
If you are unable to attend the meeting in person you may still submit a question and we will send you a written answer.
What you can ask
If you are present at the meeting the chairperson may, at their discretion, invite you to put one supplementary question to the councillor named in the notice. A supplementary question must arise directly out of the original question or the reply given.
There are some restrictions on what questions can be asked. The monitoring officer will reject a question if it is not appropriate to be asked at a public meeting. Reasons a question is rejected may include, but are not restricted to, if it:
- Is not about a matter for which the council has a responsibility, or which affects Herefordshire
- Requires the disclosure of confidential or exempt information
- Relates to an identifiable individual or employee of the council
- Is more than 140 words
- Relates to a planning or licensing application
Full details about asking questions at public meetings are in the constitution of the council. You can see questions and answers which we publish as part of the minutes of the meeting.