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Epping Town Council hoping to attract more people to decision-making meetings
People are being encouraged to attend meetings where important decisions are taken which could affect their lives.
Members of the public are being reminded they can have their say on relevant issues and hold members of Epping Town Council to account.
Town clerk Bob Whittome said: “For each ordinary meeting of council there is a session limited to ten minutes for public questions on any local topic and council is always very pleased to hear from local people.
“Individual members of the public may speak for up to three minutes each.
“Obviously the council has to conduct certain business at its meetings, therefore this is not an open debating session.”
At meetings of the planning committee, a similar arrangement exists. However the scope of discussion is limited to planning matters.
For each of the sessions provided a question must be submitted in writing with at least three days’ notice and an answer will be given at the meeting.
Copies of agendas are available at the meeting or on the council’s website, usually three working days before each meeting.
To contact the council, view agendas and see a meetings calendar, visit www.eppingtowncouncil.gov.uk.
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