How to ask questions at Area Committee meetings

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Residents are encouraged to ask questions at Area Committee meetings.

Questions will be answered by an appropriate Officer or Councillor.

To ask a question residents simply need to email including their name and address, a contact telephone number, their question, and which Area Committee they wish the question to be asked at. We ask that questions be submitted by 10am two working days before the day of the meeting in order that relevant information can be brought to the committee

Questions may be asked by residents without prior notice having been given, with the permission of the Chair, however it may not be possible for an answer to be given at the meeting. Priority will however be given to those residents who have submitted questions in advance.

All questions must either be:

  • relevant to the area committee they are to be asked at, or;
  • relevant to Ipswich as a whole and be asked by a resident of the area covered by the committee it is to be asked at.

Please note that questions or representations must not contain:

  • references to identifiable individuals (whether by name or other information) unless the consent of that individual has been obtained and included with the notification;
  • potentially defamatory or provocative or abusive comments;
  • discriminatory remarks.

Please note that responses will not be provided where the question requires the disclosure of confidential or exempt information.

If for any reason a question which has been submitted in advance is not able to be asked at a meeting the Council will, within 14 days of the meeting date, reply to the resident asking the question explaining why and if possible providing a written answer.