Committees are the decision-making bodies of the town council.
Committees meet in public. Any member of the public is entitled to attend but it’s important to note that they are not entitled to speak at these meetings. All Westbury Town Council committee meetings are proceeded by a Public Forum at which all members of public may speak on any subject; it should be noted that if the subject is not a subject on the agenda it will not be possible for councillors to make any decisions on that matter in the main meeting.
In practice, chairs commonly allow the public to speak within a meeting (by a special vote of the committee) but they are entitled to stop people speaking through lack of time, or abusive and disruptive behaviour; in the event that someone continues to disrupt a committee meeting of the council after being warned by the chair to stop, the town clerk may ask the police to remove that person.
All decisions are voted and such votes are carried out in public unless the clerk rules that the item is confidential (e.g. staff conduct) at which the committee may vote to exclude the public and press. Such items are usually termed as being “under part 2 of the agenda”)
For remote meetings, Westbury Town Council uses Office365 Teams, live events. This is secure, allows the council to invite guests and up to 20,000 members of the public could watch and hear the meeting live. It also has the ability to record meetings, share information (agendas, minutes and reports), chat and the public can choose to turn on captions.
You can use Teams on the following mobile platforms:
- Android phones and tablets
- iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch