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This page lists the meetings for Council.


Information about Council

Full Council is a meeting of all 84 Councillors in the Council Chamber in the Town Hall and is chaired by the Lord Mayor.


Some important decisions can only be taken at Full Council, such as setting the Council's budget and deciding the Council's overall policies.


The Council appoints the Leader and at its Annual Meeting will appoint Councillors to serve on its Committees. It also appoints representatives to serve on joint bodies and external organisations.


Public Questions and Petitions


At every Full Council meeting (except the Annual Meeting) members of the public have the chance to put questions about Council business to the Cabinet Members and submit a petition.


Please note that the public gallery in the Council Chamber holds a maximum of 50 people. For really busy Council Meetings it may not be possible for all members of the public to sit in the gallery. When the gallery is full we will accommodate people in an alternative room.




We would welcome advance notice of your petition by 10.00 am on the day of the meeting and you can either present your petition at the meeting or ask that it be submitted to the Council on your behalf. If you attend the meeting you will be able to speak for up to 3 minutes.


To give advance notice of your petition please contact John Turner in Democratic Services - email or telephone (0114) 273 4122.


Petitions with 5000 or more signatures will trigger a public debate at Full Council. We require seven working days’ notice prior to a Council Meeting to ensure that Members have adequate time to prepare for the debate. Normally, we will consider the petition at the next Council meeting, but due to other Council business there may be occasions where the petition is considered at the subsequent Council meeting. You will be informed at which meeting your petition is to be considered.


Further information is available on submitting petitions.


Public Questions


We would welcome advance notice of your question because this would enable a more detailed answer to be provided. You can do this by contacting Democratic Services - email or telephone (0114) 273 4014.


If you wish to ask a question you have to attend in person (unless you request we make a reasonable adjustment), and provide us with details of the question by 1.45 pm at the latest on the day of the meeting. Please report to the First Stop Reception, Town Hall, Pinstone Street by 1.30 pm and Council staff will then assist you on the process for asking your question.


Recording of Meetings


Recording is allowed at Council meetings under the direction of the Chair of the meeting. The protocol on audio/visual recording and photography  provides further information.