Council Meetings Made Easy

There are several different types of Council Meetings within the Vale of Glamorgan.

Full Council, Planning Committee, and Several Scrutiny Committees all of which are open to the public to attend at the Civic Offices on Holton Road.

Full council meetings only happen quarterly and are perhaps the most important as all councillors should be present and it is a time when councillors and the public can submit questions to the Cabinet to be answered.

Asking a question at a FULL COUNCIL meeting 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Any member of public who lives in the Vale can submit a question
  • Questions need to be submitted 2 weeks before the Meeting date
  • You don’t need to verbally ask your question, though you usually can if you like
  • You don’t even need to be at the meeting to have your question asked
  • Your question must be about something which the council is responsible for or it will be rejected.

You can submit your question to council on this link (must be received 10 working days before meeting)


Speaking at a PLANNING meeting

Planning is a little different to other meetings as considerations can only be made within Planning Law.

Anyone can register to speak on a planning application and you are given a strict time limit of 3 mins to speak.

If you make any points outside of planning law the chairman may clarify the matter or instruct the committee to not consider those comments.

You can find out more here on this guide to speaking at planning meetings.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Speaking at a meeting is very different to making a written objection, which must be done during the consultation period.
  • You need to be present to speak at the meeting. If you cannot make it, you can’t send someone else on your behalf.
  • There is a registration window, usually 2-6 days before the meeting.
  • Practice your speech and time it. If you’re only half way through after 3 mins you will be told to stop so it’s important to get the timing correct.