Council meetings are
important; this is where decisions are made.They are formal meetings with a clear purpose. The main council meetings
are held at Yr Aelwyd on the third Thursday of the month at 6.30pm with the
exception of the December meeting, which is held on the second Thursday. No
meeting takes place during August. The meetings are conducted in English but discussion
with the Council can be in either Welsh or English.
Meetings are advertised
by putting up public notices on the Council notice boards found at Nantycaws,
Llangunnnor Road and Brynmeurig and on the Council web site. The agenda of
these meeting are normally available a few days before the meeting. Councillors
receive a summons to attend.
The meeting follows a set
structure as set out on the agenda for the meeting and cannot transact anything,
which is not on the published agenda as per Standing
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The public and press have
a right to observe how the Council operates, and are actively encouraged to
attend meetings. There are on occasions items of a sensitive nature where the
public and press will need to be excluded from the meeting, but once this has
been discussed you are welcome to return and can leave the meeting at any
point. Members of the public can ask a question during the public questions
item on the agenda. If the question can be answered it will be, but further
discussion or debate cannot take place unless the item is on the agenda.
The Chair of Council leads
the meeting and councillors may address the Chair when given permission. The Chair
may also invite members of the public to address the meeting, usually if
the item being discussed directly effects those present. For large groups a spokesperson
may be nominated to address the Council. The proceedings at meeting cannot
currently be recorded on video/audio devices.
The main council meeting is not normally longer than two
hours and the Planning Committee meets directly afterwards.