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Speaking at a Council meeting

Members of the public are welcome to attend our committee meetings and listen to the discussions. We are now live webcasting our committee meetings which means you are also able to view the webcast from your home or using any mobile device connected to the internet. The link to each webcast will be available on the meeting webpage, but you can also access them on theĀ Somerset West and Taunton webcasting website.

Guidelines to follow

If you would like to ask a question or speak at a meeting, you will need to submit your request to a member of the Governance Team in advance of the meeting. You can request to speak at a Council meeting by emailing your full name, the agenda item and your question to the Governance Team using

Any requests need to be received by 4pm on the day that provides 1 clear working day before the meeting (excluding the day of the meeting itself). For example, if the meeting is due to take place on a Tuesday, requests need to be received by 4pm on the Friday prior to the meeting.

The Chair will invite you to speak at the beginning of the meeting under the agenda item Public Question Time, but speaking is limited to three minutes. You can only speak to the Committee once. If there are a group of people attending to speak about a particular item then a representative should be chosen to speak on behalf of the group.