What to expect from a Parish Council Meeting?
Could all members of the public wishing to attend a Parish Council meeting please inform the Clerk at least 48 hours prior to the meeting to allow for the required arrangements to be made.
A little about what to expect from the meetings:
How does the Open Forum work?
Item 76 – Admission of The Public and Press to Meetings
a) Prior to the start of an ordinary Parish Council meeting ten minutes shall be set aside for members of the public (residents of Willerby) to speak on any matter of concern whether or not that matter is an agenda item. All members and the Clerk shall be present for this ten minute session. Members of the public should indicate their desire to address the Parish Council on a specific topic during this ten-minute session at least 48hrs before the meeting.
The Public Forum is a listening process, and although questions may be asked, matters will be referred to a future agenda for any decision to be made. Members of the public or press are also welcome to sit in at Parish Council meeting to listen to the business transacted
Item 77 The public and press shall be admitted to all meetings of the Council and its committees and sub-committees, which may, however, temporarily exclude the public by means of the following resolutions:
“that in view of the [special] [confidential] nature of the business about to be transacted, it is advisable in the public interest that the press and public be temporarily excluded and they are instructed to withdraw”.
Item 78 The Council, committee or sub-committee shall state the special reason for exclusion.
Item 79 The Clerk shall afford to the press reasonable facilities for the taking of their report of any proceedings at which they are entitled to be present.
Item 80 If a member of the public interrupts the proceedings at any meeting, the Chairman may, after warning, order that he be removed from the meeting and may adjourn the meeting for such period as is necessary to restore order.