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Attending and speaking at public meetings

You can attend public meetings of the councils to listen to the discussions, and at times, ask questions to the councillors present, except those where confidential or exempt items are being discussed. The meeting agenda will make it clear either way and will provide reasons if the public are to be excluded.

All committee meetings may be filmed, recorded or broadcast by any person or organisation. Anyone wishing to film or record must notify the Chair prior to the start of the meeting. Members of the public attending a meeting are deemed to have consented to be filmed or recorded, as liability for this is not within either councils’ control.

We do not currently offer the ability to access or view meetings remotely, with the exception of Lewes District Council’s Full Council meetings, that are webcast live.

You are able to attend many of Lewes District Council’s meetings of the Council, Cabinet and other committees to listen, and at times, ask questions to the councillors present.

Find details of meeting dates and times and contact the Committee Services team to submit a public question to Council or Cabinet, by midday, three working days before the meeting.

Questions should be made in writing by the deadline. You should provide your name, address, name of the organisation you represent (if applicable) and name the member of the Cabinet to whom your question is to be put.

You can have your say on an issue before it goes to Council, Cabinet or a committee. Discuss it with your ward councillor and the councillors on the Cabinet by sending comments to the relevant Council department. Please follow the guidance documents below.

Planning committee has a separate procedure for speaking.

Submit a question to be asked at Cabinet and Council meetings.

You have the right to speak at meetings of the Council, Cabinet and other committees of Eastbourne Borough Council.

Find details of meeting dates and times and register your interest to speak by contacting the Committee Services team by midday, two working days before the meeting. 

You can also ask a public question at meetings of the Cabinet and most other council meetings, except Full Council and the Planning Committee. Questions should be made in writing and by the same deadline of midday, two working days before the meeting.

The Planning Committee and Licensing Act Sub Committees have different procedures for speaking.

Licensing

Contact us to object (make a representation) to premises licence applications in Eastbourne for alcohol, entertainment or late night refreshment under the Licensing Act 2003.

Your objection must be made in relation to the four licensing objectives. We will not consider irrelevant objections. This form must be submitted within 28 days from the day after the date the licence was applied for, as specified in the newspaper and site notices placed by the licence applicant (ten working days for Minor Variations).

What will happen?

After you submit your representation, you will be invited to attend a Licensing Act Sub-Committee hearing which will be arranged to consider the licence application.

You should be aware that any representation, along with your details will normally be released to the applicant and/or their agents as part of the process, unless you indicate that there are exceptional circumstances where you believe that your details should not be released. Please contact us where you believe this to be the case.

I declined to speak at the Licensing Act Sub-Committee but have changed my mind

Making representation gives you a right to speak at the relevant Licensing Act Sub-Committee. We will have sent you a confirmation letter which requests that you inform us if you wish to speak. Please contact us directly if you have changed your mind.

Planning Applications

To comment on, object to or support an open planning application and to request to speak at Planning Committee, you first need to find the application in our online planning system:

        
  1. Go directly to our online planning system.  
  2. Search for the planning application or view the most recent weekly list.       
  3. Select the Application Reference link.  
  4. When the 'Details of Planning Application' are displayed, select the Comment button at the top of the page.
  5. Complete and submit the details as requested.

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