How to Have Your Say at Council Meetings

Published Thursday, 22 August 2019

Residents in Ribble Valley are reminded that they can have their say at council meetings.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has a constitution setting out how it operates, how decisions are made and the procedures that ensure those decisions are efficient, transparent and accountable.

Although the council’s day-to-day business is overseen by a corporate management team comprising chief executive Marshal Scott and three directors, decisions are made by councillors via eight committees, namely accounts and audit, community, economic development, health and housing, licensing, personnel, planning and development, policy and finance.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stephen Atkinson said: “We pride ourselves on being open and transparent, and most of our decisions are taken in public.

“Any decisions taken behind closed doors are done so for a good reason, such as commercial confidentiality, or protection of privacy.

“Members of the public are welcome to attend committee meetings, where they will find a warm welcome and the opportunity to speak, or ask a question.”

Committee meetings are held in the Ribble Valley Civic Suite in Church Street, Clitheroe, and usually start at 6.30pm.

Residents wishing to speak or ask a question and requiring a response are asked to contact the council’s committee services team no later than two working days before the meeting. Residents not requiring a response can contact the committee services team as late as noon on the day of the meeting.

Only Ribble Valley residents may speak at meetings and contributions are limited to three minutes and one person per agenda item.

Public participation lasts for 15 minutes at the beginning of each meeting and speaking slots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

A meetings calendar and committee agendas are available at Council Meeetings and further details about public participation are available from the council’s committee services team on 01200 425111.

 

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