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Guide: Public participation at committee meetings

Part 1

Can I attend a meeting?

Meetings of the Council, Cabinet and the majority of Committees are open to the public who may attend and observe.

Alternately you can watch some meetings. The Council, Cabinet and some Committees are also webcast. Further information is at

Members of the public may use Facebook and Twitter, blogging or other forms of social media to report on proceedings at meetings. Anyone wishing to film part or all of the proceedings may do so unless the press and public are excluded for that part of the meeting or there is good reason not to do so. As a matter of courtesy, anyone wishing to film proceedings is normally asked to advise the Chair or the Democratic Services Officer in attendance so that those present may be made aware.

Members of the public will be treated with respect and courtesy when attending meetings of the County Council. They will be listened to and everyone who has registered will be able to be present/speak without interruption or intimidation. For further information please see our public behaviour protocol.

It is therefore expected that members of the public listen to the proceedings and respect the views and experiences of other people contributing.