Residents and business owners can now ask specific questions at Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Full Council and Cabinet meetings.
Citizen’s Questions will allow an opportunity to pose a question at the beginning of each meeting to clarify points about the Council or the services it provides.
It is a key part of the Council’s commitment to transparency, openness and accessibility in its democratic processes.
The sessions last for 15 minutes and are open to residents who live in the Borough or business owners who have a business address in the Borough but are not Rushcliffe residents.
There is a limit of one question per citizen at each meeting and must be relevant to some matter in which the Council has powers or duties. They should be limited to one subject, but may have more than one part.
They should avoid detailed individual service issues such as on planning, bin collections, or licensing applications as there are current channels of raising these issues at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk or the Council’s Community Contact Centres.
The Leader of The Council Cllr Simon Robinson said: “We’re very pleased to introduce this initiative to highlight further ways residents and those who run businesses in the borough can further engage with us and can hold us to account on matters they feel need addressing.
“We’re committed to being as open and transparent about how we can provide even better services to the people we represent.”
Questions need to be submitted two weeks in advance of either the Full Council or Cabinet meeting at which residents or business owners would like to ask their question.
This should be by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to
Constitutional Services, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Rushcliffe Arena, Rugby Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7YG.
Residents or business owners need to supply their name, address or that of their business and an e-mail address.
Residents or business owners can also choose whether to attend and ask the question in person or be read out by The Leader at Cabinet meetings or The Mayor at Council meetings.
Questions will be answered by the most relevant Cabinet member who has special responsibility for the service or topic to which the question relates or one of the Council’s Scrutiny Group Chairmen.
Questions ahead of the next Full Council meeting on April 26 should be submitted no later than April 14.