Overview

There are a number of ways Medway residents can have their say on services run by the council and decisions being made by the council. Please see below for more information.

Speak to your councillor

You can write to, email or phone your local councillor, a councillor who sits on the Cabinet or a committee which is to consider the matter you would like to speak about.

If you are unhappy about a local matter you can ask your councillor to raise a 'councillor call for action' so that your views are looked into.

Ask a question

Members of the public are able to ask a question at a meeting of the Full Council.

Get advice about asking a question at a council meeting, you can then send your question to us, stating which Cabinet Member or Committee Chairman you wish to put it to.

The advice referred to above still applies during the Coronavirus pandemic except for the provision referring to members of the public asking a question in person at the meeting.

Please note that during the Coronavirus pandemic that there will be no opportunity to ask the question in person. The Mayor will read the question out and the relevant Member will respond to the question at the meeting.

Deadlines for sending in your questions during 2020/21 are:  

  • 12noon on Tuesday 7 July 2020 for the council meeting on Thursday 16 July 2020
  • 12noon on Tuesday 29 September 2020 for the council meeting on Thursday 8 October 2020
  • 12noon on Tuesday 12 January 2021 for the council meeting on Thursday 21 January 2021
  • 12noon on Tuesday 13 April 2021 for the council meeting on Thursday 22 April 2021

We do not have public questions at the council meeting in February or at Annual Council in May. 

Organise a petition

Call for action on a specific issue by organising a petition.

Take part in consultation

A consultation is where members of the public are asked to give their views on something that is being decided.

In some cases individuals or groups will be asked to complete surveys and opinion polls or meet to talk about a plan, problem or question.

Medway Council encourages all members of the community to take part in consultation.

Medway Citizens' Panel

A Citizens’ Panel is a sample of local residents who have volunteered to regularly take part in local consultation. The panel is made up of a group of residents who are representative of the area by geographical location, age, sex and ethnicity.

Panel members are contacted to complete surveys four times a year. They could be asked to take part in short polls, digital testing, focus groups or a workshop between these times.

Join Medway's panel to have your say.