DERBYSHIRE: Public to get right to speak at meetings

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Members of the public will be allowed to ask questions at Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet meetings for the first time in a bid to get local people more involved in decision-making.

Previously, residents had to wait until full council meetings − held five times a year − to put questions to cabinet members.

But now they will be allowed to ask questions in cabinet meetings, which are held every three weeks, before decisions are made.

Council leader Cllr Anne Western said: “We want residents to feel they have a voice within the council and this move allows them to take part in meetings and have a two-way conversation with us.

“We’re very keen that local people have the opportunity to be actively involved in the decision-making process and this change is just one of the ways we’ll achieve that,” she added.

In addition, the council is considering holding its meetings at various locations across Derbyshire and not just at its Matlock headquarters so more people can attend.

Members of the public will be able to speak for about 20 minutes.

They will not have to give advance notice.