It seems that some members of the public are still seeing the monthly Council meeting as a public meeting where they can have there say on anything. But this is a misconception. The meeting of the Council is set out in statute and is to discharge the business of the Council, it is not a soap box.
The Council permits (there is no requirement in law to do so) members of the public to have their say on matters the Council is going to make decisions about within the meeting.
So how else, as a member of the public, can you raise an issue or have your say?
If you have a problem or issue the first point of call is to contact the Council Officers. They may be able to answer your question or resolve your problem.
If you are not satisfied with this then approach your Ward Member - details are on the website. In many cases the Ward Member can assist you or point you to who can. In some cases the Ward Member may think the issue needs wider discussion by a Committee or Full Council and they have ways in which they can make this happen.
If you have an event within the town which you wish to bring to the Town Council's attention, then send details to the Town Clerk's Office and if considered appropriate the Mayor can mention this within the Mayor's announcements.
Steve Larner - Town Clerk