Public Question Time
There will be a 30 minute public question time at every ordinary
meeting of the Council. Any member of the public may attend a
meeting of the Council and ask questions of the Leader of the
Council and/or Chairman of a Policy Committee. Questions must
be about matters for which the Council has responsibility or which
affect the Borough.
The system for doing this is as follows:-
What happens at the Meeting?
- When Question Time begins, the Mayor will invite the person
asking the question to put his/her question to the
Councillor. He/she will step forward to the front of the
Council Chamber and ask his/her question. The question must
not take longer than two minutes to ask.
- The Leader or Committee chairman will then answer the question
(Vice Chair or other nominated substitute may respond in their
place). The reply will not last longer than five
- A supplemental question (arising from the question just asked)
can then be asked which should take no longer than one
minute. The reply will not exceed two minutes in length.
- If the person who submitted the question is not present at the
meeting, the Mayor may ask the question on his/her behalf, or ask
for a written reply to be sent to the questioner.
Notice of Questions
A question may only be put if it is received in writing or by
electronic mail (including fax) and delivered to the appropriate
Officer no later than midday six working days before the day of the
The person asking the question must give his/her name and
address and name the councillor to whom the question is put.
Number of Questions
At any one meeting, no person shall submit more that one
Scope of Questions
The question may be rejected if:
- it is not about a matter for which the Council has a
responsibility or which affects the Borough;
- it is defamatory, frivolous or offensive;
- it is substantially the same as a question which has been asked
at a meeting of the Council within the past six months , or;
- it requires the disclosure of confidential or exempt
Record of Questions
Questions will be entered into a book open to public inspection
and the Councillor who is to answer the question will be sent a
copy of the question.
Rejected questions will be included in the book, with the
reasons for rejection.
Write out your question and the name of the Councillor to whom
it is addressed. Include your name, address and a daytime
telephone number and send to the Senior Democracy Officer, Melton
Borough Council, Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton
Mowbray, LE13 1GH or email : email@example.com.
Please remember to allow time for your question to arrive at the
offices if you are sending it by post.
Dates of Council Meetings 2012/13
|Date of Council Meeting
||Question to be received by midday on
|18 July 2012
9 July 2012
|10 October 2012
||1 October 2012
|12 December 2012
||3 December 2012
|6 February 2013
||28 January 2013
|21 February 2013
||12 February 2013
|24 April 2013
||15 April 2013
Please note, all above meetings start at 6.30 p.m.
Policy Finance & Administration
- Councillor J.B. Rhodes
Community and Social Affairs
- Councillor D.R. Wright
Rural, Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee - Councillor
Leader of the
- Councillor J.B. Rhodes
For further information on how to submit a petition to the
Council, please click on the link below:-
For further information call 01664 502502