Attend council meetings

The law requires that every council, cabinet or committee meeting is open to the public. The only exception is when confidential or exempt information is considered.

 

Attend a council meeting

Most of our meetings are open to the public and representatives from the press. You’re welcome to attend.

You cannot speak at a meeting unless you are granted permission – for example, submitted a question, deputation or petition.

See a list of some of our meetings by visiting committee structure.

Calendar of council meetings

The council produces a calendar of meetings every year.

The calendar is approved at the Annual Meeting held in May.

Agendas and reports

View the agendas, reports, decisions and minutes for all council meetings open to the public.

You can also find contact information for each of the committees.

Recording meetings

You have the right to film, record audio, take photographs and use social media and the internet to report on any meetings that are open to the public. 

However, there are some requirements to ensure the effective and proper conduct of meetings. 

  • You are welcome to attend a public meeting to report proceedings, either in ‘real time’ or after conclusion of the meeting, on a blog, social networking site, news forum or via any other online media. 
  • You may use a laptop, tablet device, smartphone or portable camera to record a written or audio transcript of proceedings during the meeting.
  • Facilities within the Town Hall and Council Chamber are limited and recording equipment must be of a reasonable size and nature to be easily accommodated. If you wish to bring any large or complex recording equipment, please contact the Governance Officer named on the agenda to see whether this can be accommodated within the existing facilities. 
  • You must not interrupt proceedings and digital equipment, including notifications, must be set to ‘silent’ mode. 
  • You should focus any recording equipment on Councillors, officers and the public who are directly involved in the conduct of the meeting. The Chair of the meeting will ask any members of the public present if they have any objections to being recorded. If anyone indicates that they do not wish to be recorded, you should respect those wishes. If you do not do so, then the Chair may instruct you to cease reporting or recording and you may potentially be excluded from the meeting. 
  • If you behave in a disorderly or disruptive manner, you will be asked to leave the meeting. 
  • You should be aware that libellous comments against the council, individual Councillors or officers could result in legal action being taken against you.
  • Recorded images must not be edited in a way which distorts the truth or misrepresents those taking part in the proceedings.
  • Personal attacks of any kind or offensive comments that target or disparage any ethnic, racial, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability status will not be tolerated and may also result in legal action being taken against you.

Press attendance

Members of the press have no greater rights to attend council meetings than the general public.

However, the council is required, in so far as is practicable, to provide reasonable facilities to duly accredited representatives of newspapers and sound or television broadcasters.

Page updated on: 4 October 2022

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