There are many ways you can have your say and get involved in local decisions. Some of these are listed below.
- Attending meetings
- Public question time
- Speaking on planning applications
- Speaking on licence applications or pavement café permits
- Overview and Scrutiny Feedback
- Future business
- Ward Partnerships
- About your representatives
- Become a councillor
You can go to most Council, Cabinet and committee meetings unless sensitive or confidential information is being discussed.
Papers for the meetings are available on this website before the meetings - see Search - Agendas, Minutes and Reports.
Are you concerned about a Council service or an issue that affects local people? You can organise a petition and hand it to the Council to get your message across. You can also speak and present your petition to the Mayor and all the councillors at a Council meeting.
To find out how to send in a petition look at our petition guidance page
Public question time sessions are held at Council meetings. You can ask a question or make a statement on Council services (except planning or licensing applications).
You need to send us your question or statement 11 working days before the meeting. At the meeting you will have five minutes to outline your question/statement. To find out how to submit a question or statement please contact Democratic Services.
If you are in support of or against a planning application, you can speak at meetings where the application will be decided (usually the Development Management Committee). Find out how you can make a representation and speak at meetings on planning applications on the Planning Guidance webpages.
You can speak on licence applications or pavement café permits. Find out more on the Licensing FAQs webpage.
Have your say on issues that are under scrutiny or become a member of our community pool. Find out more on our Overview and Scrutiny pages.
You can find out what decisions are going to be made and when by looking at Search - Agendas, Minutes and Reports and the Mayor’s Forward Plan.
Community Partnerships are voluntary groups of people based on each ward in Torbay. They are for people who live or work in the area to discuss issues of local concern. Through the partnerships, you can understand and influence the way in which services are provided in your area. Find out more on our Community Partnerships pages.
There are people who are elected to represent you in government locally (Mayor and Councillors), nationally (Members of Parliament) and in Europe (Members of European Parliament). To find out more view:
Have you ever thought about becoming a councillor? To find out more, visit our Electoral Services webpages.
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