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Public Speaking Arrangements

Meetings of the Council

A member of the public may ask a question to a member of the Cabinet at an ordinary meeting of the Council (excluding the Annual Meeting of Council and Extraordinary Meetings of the Council). 

A maximum of 3 minutes is allowed for the question to be read out and an additional supplementary question arising directly out of the question or reply given may be asked at the meeting. There is a limit of one question per questioner (excluding the supplementary question) at a meeting and a total of 15 minutes is allocated for public questions.

The Council's Constitution sets out the the arrangements for public questions in more detail. 

Democratic Services must receive, in writing or by email, the question by no later than 5pm on the 8th clear working day prior to the date of the meeting.

Questions should be submitted by email to democraticservices@dover.gov.uk or c/o Democratic Services in writing to the address at the bottom of the page. 

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Planning Committee

A member of the public may speak at Planning Committee in respect of matters relating to the determination of individual applications for planning permission contained in the Planning Committee agenda. 

One person is allowed to speak in favour of, and one person shall be allowed to speak against, each application.

A maximum of 3 minutes is allowed for each speaker. 

Are there any changes to the public speaking arrangements as a result of covid?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Yes. Where there is the provision for public speaking prior to 21 June 2021 this will follow the normal rules with the exception that instead of speaking at the meeting yourself, an officer will read out a written statement of up to 500 words on your behalf. It is intended that public speaking in person will resume again after 21 June 2021.

Is there a way I can watch a meeting without going to the council offices?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Yes. Although the Council has returned to meetings in the Council Chamber it has had to apply a significantly reduced capacity for public attendance at its offices due to covid restrictions on indoor gatherings.The Council had agreed to broadcast on this website the following meetings: Planning Committee, Cabinet, Council, Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Governance Committee and General Purposes Committee. A link to view these meetings live can be found on the web page for the agenda a couple of days prior to the meeting.

 The Council's Member Planning Code of Good Practice sets out the arrangements for public speaking at Planning Committee in further detail. 

Democratic Services must receive the request to speak request by no later than 5pm on the 2nd working day prior to the date of the meeting.  

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Overview and Scrutiny Committee

A member of the public may speak at an ordinary meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in respect of matters contained within the agenda for that meeting. 

A maximum of 3 minutes is allowed for each speaker, with a total of 30 minutes allocated for public speaking at the meeting.

Are there any changes to the public speaking arrangements as a result of covid?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Yes. Where there is the provision for public speaking prior to 21 June 2021 this will follow the normal rules with the exception that instead of speaking at the meeting yourself, an officer will read out a written statement of up to 500 words on your behalf. It is intended that public speaking in person will resume again after 21 June 2021.

Is there a way I can watch a meeting without going to the council offices?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Yes. Although the Council has returned to meetings in the Council Chamber it has had to apply a significantly reduced capacity for public attendance at its offices due to covid restrictions on indoor gatherings.The Council had agreed to broadcast on this website the following meetings: Planning Committee, Cabinet, Council, Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Governance Committee and General Purposes Committee. A link to view these meetings live can be found on the web page for the agenda a couple of days prior to the meeting.

The Council's Protocol for Public Speaking at Overview and Scrutiny sets out the arrangements for public speaking in further detail. 

Democratic Services must receive the request to speak by no later than 5pm on the 2nd working day prior to the date of the meeting. 

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Email: democraticservices@dover.gov.uk

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