The Council has the following committees:
- Full Council
- Audit, Finance and Governance Committee
- Overview and Scrutiny Committee
- Planning Committee North
- Planning Committee South
- Licensing Committee
- Standards Committee
Agendas and Minutes for the meetings are available online going back to 2001.
The public are welcome to attend these committees. Only meetings, or parts of meetings where confidential or other restricted information is being discussed are not open to the public.
The Council’s Constitution sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these decisions are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these processes are required by law, while others are a matter for the Council to choose, The Constitution is reviewed by the Council each year.
Speaking at Council Meetings
The only meetings that the public are able to speak at are the Full Council and Planning Committees.
Speaking at Planning Committees
The Planning Committee South determines planning applications, tree preservation orders and enforces planning control for the south of the District. The Committee consists of 12 councillors.
Due to the Government restrictions imposed as a result of Covid-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom, certain changes have been made to the arrangements for the Planning Committee meetings.
As a temporary measure, the Committee will be meeting remotely and may meet more frequently than the usual four weekly cycle. However, prior notice of any additional meetings will be shown on the Council’s website and in the calendar of meeting dates. The meetings will still be live streamed and viewable by the public by clicking on a link that will be provided on that particular meeting page on the website.
It is possible to still register to speak on planning applications that come to Committee, however our speaking rules have been amended during this pandemic as follows:
- Registration for members of the public to register to speak on an application will open from the time the agenda for that meeting is published on the Council’s website;
- To speak on an application you must email email@example.com. Please provide your name, address and a contact telephone number and advise the application number and proposed development to which it refers. You must advise if you are speaking in favour or against the application and your relationship to the application site. Once you have received an email to confirm your registration to speak has been successful, please email your speech or media file;
- Registered speakers will not be able to participate in a live meeting. Speakers are requested to email their speech, or send a media file recording their speech (i.e WAV, OGG, MP3, MP4, WebM), to the email address above. This will then be published alongside the agenda for Members of the Committee to view prior to the meeting. The deadline for receiving this information is 12 noon, 3 working days before the meeting, but please adhere to the speaking time limits otherwise your submission will be rejected;
- Any submissions considered to contain aggressive or abusive language, or that make personal remarks regarding any Member or Officer will be rejected;
- Speakers are allocated on a first come first served basis. For a major application up to 6 speakers (3 in favour and 3 against) can speak on an application. The speaker will be allowed 3 minutes to speak in favour or against the application. For all ‘other’ applications up to 4 speakers (2 in favour and 2 against) can speak on an application, with speakers being allowed 2 minutes to speak in favour or against the application. Once received, the speeches will be timed by Democratic Services and those which are longer than 2 or 3 minutes, as appropriate, will be rejected;
- There will be a Reserve List if public speaking for a particular application is oversubscribed. Should a registered speaker fail to lodge their media/audio file by the cut-off date (or their submission breaches the decency criteria/timing rules listed at 4 and 5 above), we will then contact those on the reserve list to invite their submission.
- If contacted, reserve speakers will be given 24 hours to make their submission.
- Once the media files from Public Speakers have been published, you will need to access them via Google Chrome. The Council is using Microsoft Teams for remote meetings and the formats for the links are only compatible with Microsoft and not Apple. Please note that some media files may take a few minutes to download due to the size of the file.
To view and/or print PDF files you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader (Version 3 or better).
Public Question Time at Full Council
If you live or work in the Wealden District you may ask a question of the Council in Public Question Time at Full Council. Questions may be about any of the Council’s services but not in respect of individual cases.
The next Full Council meeting will take place remotely and the link to the live event can be found on the meeting page on the website.
A question may only be asked if notice has been given by delivering it by email to the Chief Executive ten clear working days before the day of the meeting. Each question must give the name and address of the questioner.
For more detailed information on Public Question Time, please contact the Democratic Services Manager on 01892 602720 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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