Cramlington Town Council invites written questions for a remote meeting to be held on Thursday 9th July
June 24, 2020
Cramlington Town Council will be holding a remote meeting on Thursday 9th July commencing at 6.15pm. We are unable to allow public interaction with the meeting but we are inviting written questions from Cramlington residents to be submitted in writing or by email prior to the meeting.
Any resident that has a question related to the responsibilities of the Town Council should submit them to:
Adam Harvey at the Surveyor’s House, Cramlington Village, Cramlington NE23 1DN or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions must be submitted by mid-day on Tuesday 2nd July.
The normal rules for question time will apply and are set out below.
Any questions relating to the responsibilities of the County Council ( eg schools, social housing, roads and Household Waste Centres) or other organisations will be referred to the appropriate body.
A link to a recording of the remote meeting will be available on the Town Council’s website as soon as possible afterwards.
An agenda for the meeting will be published on Thursday 2nd July.
Our Public Question Time policy is below:
Public Question Time
The Town Council sets aside 30 minutes for Public Questions prior to Council and DSM Committee meetings. The arrangements for submitting questions are as follows:
- Any elector within the parish may put one question to the meeting about a matter for which the Council has a responsibility or which affects the parish. Supplementary questions will only be allowed at the discretion of the Chair.
- Where possible questions will be answered, without prior notification, at the meeting at which they are raised. However, to ensure a qualified answer at the meeting the Clerk must be provided with the question in writing at least 5 clear (working) days before the meeting. Where a question is raised without prior notification and cannot be answered accurately at the meeting a written response will be provided within 5 clear days of the meeting at which the question was raised.
- Questions will not be received by the Council which are in furtherance of a person’s individual circumstances or which are about a matter which is subject to legal proceedings or where there is a right of appeal to the courts, a tribunal or government minister.
- An elector putting a question may speak for no more than two minutes and must not include statements or opinions in their question.
- A maximum of 30 minutes will be allowed for public questions. If questions are dealt with prior to expiration of 30 minutes, Council will commence immediately after the final question has been taken.
- No discussion shall take place on any question put. Where practical, the Chair may respond to that question or nominate another Councillor or member of staff to reply or indicate that a written response will be made.
- Where notice of a question has been given, a reply may be given orally at the meeting by the Chair or person nominated by the Chair, or a written reply given to the elector. If the person submitting the question is not present a written reply will be sent. Under these circumstances the question will not be discussed at the meeting.
- The Council has zero tolerance towards the abuse or intimidation of staff and will not accept questions designed either directly or implicitly to undermine any member or officer of the Council. Any concerns regarding the behaviour of any members of staff must be made in writing to the Chair or Clerk of the Council.
Failure to abide by these rules or continued disruptive behaviour will result in suspension of the meeting and other possible sanctions available to the Council.