Public participation at Full Council
Councillors who sit on the Dacorum Borough Council are elected by voters in the Borough to decide on a range of issues on behalf of residents.
Meetings of the Council take place seven or eight times a year. A list of these dates can be obtained on our key dates page.
There are some rules to make sure that as many people as possible can be heard fairly. You need to let us know in advance if you want to ask a question. There are limits on how much of each meeting can be taken up with people having their say and how long each person can speak for.
- At any one meeting, no person may submit more than one question and no more than two such questions may be asked on behalf of one organisation.
- If a questioner who has submitted a written question is unable to be present, they may ask the Mayor to put the question on their behalf.
- At the meeting the time allotted per speaker is three minutes with a total time available for people to speak of 30 minutes. If you wish to ask Council a question, we need to know in writing by 4pm on the Friday preceding the meeting.
- A questioner who has put a question in person may also put one supplementary question without notice to the member who has replied to his or her original question. A supplementary question must arise directly out of the original question or the reply.
- The questioner may not ask a question if it is substantially the same as a question which has been put at a meeting of the Council in the past six months.
- Every person must maintain respect for the Members and the meeting.
- Every person must, after asking a question, take their seat to listen to the reply or, if they wish, join the public for the rest of the meeting or leave the meeting
To register to speak, please complete and submit a form by clicking the link below or email your name, address, telephone number and details of the comment or question you wish to raise.
The information must be in the committee administrator's possession before 4 pm on the Friday preceding the meeting.
If you are going to speak, please remember:
- Check the date, time and venue
- Turn up 5 minutes early
- Do not smoke
- Ask someone to let the committee administrator know you are there
- Speak clearly and concisely when you are talking to the meeting
For further information regarding public participation at Council, please telephone: (01442) 228222 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org