Attend a Council meeting

Most of the Council’s meetings are held in public; anyone can attend to hear what is being discussed. Some meetings allow members of the public to speak on an item that is listed on the agenda and some meetings can be watched via webcast.

Where it is not possible for the public to attend a particular meeting, it will be made clear on the agenda.

Find out when a Committee is meeting via the calendar of meetings or the list of Council Committees.

Can I take part in a meeting?

Some meetings allow public participation, such as speaking on or asking a question about an item on the agenda. 

Arrangements for speaking at a meeting will be included in the agenda pack. If there are no details provided, please seek advice from the Council officer whose name appears on the first page of the agenda.

Speaking at Planning Committee

The public has the right to speak either for or against any planning applications on the agenda at the Planning Committee.

How to register

Any member of the public wanting to speak on an application must register between the publication of the agenda and 5pm on the day before the meeting:

  • telephone 020 8303 7777 and ask for Committee Services
  • email
  • write to Committee Services and Scrutiny Team, Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7AT

Speaking arrangements

A maximum of two people can register to speak in favour of a particular application and up to two people against. Registrations will be dealt with in the order in which they are received.

Each speaker is allowed three minutes for minor applications and five minutes for major applications.

However, where two people have registered to speak on one side of the argument, the time for each speaker is reduced to two minutes for minor applications and three minutes for major applications.

Council webcasts

Watch the latest council meeting webcast

The service seeks to make it easier for busy residents to stay in touch with important decisions that affect them.

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