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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). 

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. 

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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Scrutiny Committees

A member of the public may speak at an ordinary meeting of the Scrutiny (Policy and Performance) Committee and the Scrutiny (Community and Regeneration) 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.

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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Contact Democratic Services

Telephone: 01304 872303 / 872304 / 872305

Email: democraticservices@dover.gov.uk

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