In general members of the public have the right to attend and observe all meetings held in public. However, in certain circumstances when documents contain confidential or restricted information members of the public will be asked to leave the room when those items are being discussed.
Meetings are normally held in the Hurstwood Room at the Public Service Plaza.
We also endeavour to broadcast meetings and make the recordings available on the Council website for up to 6 months after each meeting is held. Please note that meetings will continue if a broadcast fails.
Members of the public also have the right to record and report on proceedings via online media, for example blogs, twitter and other social networking sites and local news forums. For details of the protocol for recording meetings of the Council please read The Recording Photography and Social Media Protocol.
In addition to attending or watching meetings, the public can participate in various Council, Cabinet and Committee meetings held by Havant Borough Council as shown below.
Members of the public have the right to ask questions of members of the Cabinet at ordinary meetings of the Council. Details of the scheme may be viewed here.
Please note that the right to ask questions does not extend to meetings of Annual Council/Mayor Making, Cabinet or any other Committee or Sub Committee of the Council. However, the Leader of the Council may, at his discretion invite members of the public to ask questions at Cabinet meetings.
We currently have schemes that allow people to speak at
Full Council meetings. (please see Part B of the Council Meeting Procedure Rules as set out in Part 3 of the Council's Constitution For Details Click Here
Planning Committee meetings. For Details Click Here
Planning Policy Committee meetings. For Details Click Here
Licensing Committee meetings. For Details Click Here
Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe meetings. Procedures for addressing meetings and submitting petitions are set out in the link below:
Please note that the right to speak does not extend to meetings of Annual Council/Mayor Making, Cabinet or any other Committee or Sub Committee of the Council. However, the Overview & Scrutiny Committee may invite officers, councillors or other people to address it, discuss issues of local concern and/or answer questions.>
We have a scheme which allows people to submit certain types of petition at Full Council meetings.
For details on the rules governing petitions at Full Council, including the types of petition that may be considered please read Submitting Petitions at Full Council Meetings or contact the officer named in the agenda for the meeting that you are interested in.
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