RESIDENTS will be able to have their say and ask questions on matters under scrutiny at Cambridgeshire County Council following the introduction of new rules.
From now on, provided submissions are provided in advance of any meetings, residents will be able to make comments or pose questions on agenda items at Overview and Scrutiny Committees.
The system for submitting comments or questions is easy. Anyone wanting to speak should simply write to the Council three days before the meeting via email or a letter.
You simply need to provide your name, address and contact details, and what you would like to say – for example, the question you would like to ask, or if you are commenting on an issue, the points you would like to make.
The maximum time allowed for comments or questions is three minutes.
Cllr Shona Johnstone, who Chairs the Council’s Internal Overview and Scrutiny Management Group, said: “Members of the public can ask questions and have their say at Full Council and Cabinet, so it was a logical and correct to extend this to Overview and Scrutiny committees. We are keen to hear the views of our residents on subjects we are discussing.
Cllr Mac McGuire, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said: “Councils need to make sure they listen to and engage with residents and this is one more way people can get involved, have their views heard and their questions answered.”
There are five Overview and Scrutiny Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council: Resources and Performance, Safer and Stronger Communities, Adult Health and Wellbeing, Children and Young people and Enterprise, Growth and Community Infrastructure.
Requests to speak at Overview and Scrutiny Committee meetings should be made to:
Or by letter to: Democratic Services, RES 110 Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge. CB3 0AP