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Public speaking at meetings of the Council

People living in West Lancashire can speak on certain agenda items at Borough Council meetings where important decisions are made that affect people across the area.

In addition to those arrangements in place for speaking at Planning and Licensing Committees, there is also an opportunity to speak on items being considered at meetings of Cabinet, Audit & Governance Committee, Standards Committee and Overview and Scrutiny Committees.

The right to speak applies to all meetings of the committees mentioned but residents may want to be aware of the dates of upcoming meetings at the Council’s Derby Street offices:

  • Cabinet, Tuesday 10 September 2019, 7pm
  • Standards Committee, Tuesday 17 September, 5pm
  • Executive Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Thursday 26 September 2019, 7pm
  • Corporate and Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Thursday 10 October 2019, 7pm
  • Audit & Governance Committee, Tuesday 29 October 2019, 6.30pm

Agendas for these meetings will usually be published on the Council’s website www.westlancs.gov.uk/coins in the week preceding the meeting. For example, the agenda for the September Cabinet will be on the website on Monday, 2 September.

To request to speak, members of the public must contact Member Services with their request by 10am on the Friday of the week preceding the relevant meeting. For example, a request to speak at Cabinet in September 2019 must reach Member Services by 10am on Friday, 6 September 2019.

The request can be submitted by email to member.services@westlancs.gov.uk or by post to: Member Services, West Lancashire Borough Council, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF or by calling 01695 585065.

Full details of the arrangements are provided in the Council’s Public Speaking Protocol which can be found at www.westlancs.gov.uk/speak.

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “The Council really wants to hear the views of people living in West Lancashire. Please take a look at the agendas for these meetings when they appear on the Council website and let us know if you want to come and speak on any of the items listed.”

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