(a) ●●Meetings shall be open to the public unless their presence is prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons. The public’s exclusion from part or all of a meeting shall be by a resolution which shall give reasons for the public’s exclusion.
(i) Members of the public must notify the clerk three working days prior to the meeting that they wish to ask questions and or make representations to the Council.
(ii) The period of time designated for public participation at a meeting in accordance with standing order 1(d) page 4, shall not exceed fifteen minutes unless directed by the chairman of the meeting.
(iii) Subject to standing order 1(d) page 4, a member of the public shall not speak for more than three minutes.
(iv) In accordance with standing order 1(d) page 4, a question shall not require a response at the meeting nor start a debate on the question. The chairman of the meeting may direct that a written or oral response be given.
(c) A person shall raise his hand when requesting to speak (except when a person has a disability or is likely to suffer discomfort).
(d) Any person speaking at a meeting shall address his comments to the Chairman.
(e) Only one person is permitted to speak at a time. If more than one person wishes to speak, the Chairman shall direct the order of speaking.
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