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Ways of participating

Ways of participating in democracy

Taking part in the democratic process 

We welcome you taking part in the democratic process. There are many ways you can get involved.

You can attend any public meeting. 

To find out when meetings are view our meetings calendar.

To see the papers and deadlines for each meeting read our meetings minutes and agendas page.

You can ask a question at meetings of Council, Executive, Overview and Scrutiny Committees, Audit Committee and Licensing and Appeals Committee. For more details read our how to ask a question page.

You can also request to speak on applications at Planning Committee. For more details read our ask to speak at Planning Committee page.

You can keep up to date with committee meeting news and our Constitution by downloading our Mod.Gov app (application) for apple and android tablets or phones.

You can visit the Apple App Store or Google Play (for Android) store to download the Mod.Gov app and keep up to date with news about council meetings.

You can contact the councillor for your ward to find out more about council services and give them feedback. To find out who your local councillor is visit our councillor and MPs page.

If you are interested in becoming a councillor visit our becoming a councillor page.

Our overview and scrutiny committees plan an important role in monitoring decisions and improving local services. To find out more visit how decisions are made and scrutinised.

We encourage your involvement. You can suggest a subject or issue you are concerned about is reviewed as part of the scrutiny process. 

You can also ask a question at an overview and scrutiny committee meeting. For more information about visit ask for a scrutiny review or how to ask a question at committee meetings.

You can now start a petition online. To find out more visit our e-Petitions page

You can vote in local elections and be part of deciding who councillors will be. 

If you want to vote make sure you are registered to vote.

To find out more about voting and to see elections results visit elections and voting.

To find out more contact Democratic Services:

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