Attend a council meeting | Attend a council meeting | Medway Council

The public are welcome to attend Full Council, Cabinet and committee meetings to see how decisions are made.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

In line with government advice on social distancing in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we strongly discourage members of the public from attending council meetings at this time. Major meetings such as Cabinet, Planning Committee and Full Council are being live streamed.

Find out when meetings are taking place, including agendas, in our calendar of meetings.

You can ask a question at a meeting of the Full Council.

Reporting on a meeting

Members of the public are also entitled to report on meetings (except in circumstances where the public has been excluded so the council may discuss a confidential matter in private).

Reporting means:

  • filming, photographing or making an audio recording of the proceedings of a meeting
  • using means such as social media websites to enable persons not present to see or hear proceedings at a meeting as it takes place
  • reporting on or providing commentary on proceedings at a meeting, orally or in writing.

Anyone present at a meeting is not allowed to carry out any oral commentary or report as it takes place. This is to prevent the meeting from being disrupted.

Press and public who wish to report at a meeting are asked to sit in the front row of the public seating area and to remain seated throughout.

The council also asks anyone that is filming to respect the wishes of others in the public gallery who may not want to be recorded. Under no circumstance should any young people or children be filmed.