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
  • Cabinet
  • Audit and governance committee
  • Health and wellbeing board
  • Employment panel
  • All of our scrutiny committees

We publish details of meetings on this website and in public offices of the council.

You can only ask one question per meeting up to a maximum of six in any municipal year. The municipal year of the council starts from the annual council meeting in May. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person you may still submit a question and the chairman of the meeting will ask it on your behalf. You will then receive a written answer to your question.

To ask a question send it in writing to the monitoring officer at Shire Hall, St Peter's Square, Hereford HR1 2HX or by email to no later than 5pm, two clear working days before the day of the meeting e.g. by 5pm Monday for a meeting held on a Thursday.

Each question must give the name and address of the questioner. The name and location of the questioner will be published as part of the agenda papers and minutes for the meeting but not their full address.

There are some restrictions on what questions can be asked. The monitoring officer is authorised to reject a question if:

  1. It is longer than 70 words
  2. It is in multiple parts
  3. iI is not about a matter for which the committee has a responsibility or about an item on the agenda
  4. It is defamatory, frivolous or offensive
  5. It is substantially the same as or similar to a question which has been put at a meeting of Council, a committee of council, or cabinet in the past six months
  6. It requires the disclosure of confidential or exempt information or relates to an identifiable individual
  7. It is from a council employee and the question is connected to their employment or
  8. It relates to a planning application or licensing application.

You can see questions and answers which we publish as part of the minutes of the meeting. We also provide a summary of questions previously asked