North Tyneside Council has previously agreed that at three meetings in the municipal year, half an hour would be allocated before the meeting to allow the public to pose their own questions.

The latest opportunity for this municipal year will take place at the council meeting on Thursday, November 24. Questions for this meeting should be submitted before 5pm on Tuesday, November 15.

To be considered, questions must contain your full name, address and be relevant to a matter that concerns North Tyneside Council or the borough of North Tyneside.

If you would like to submit a question, it must be sent in advance via a written letter, fax or email to the following addresses:

  • In writing to: Democratic Services, Quadrant – 3L, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY,
  • Or by fax: 0191 643 2430
  • Or email : democraticsupport@northtyneside.gov.uk

Questions can be rejected if they do not stay within the guidelines for asking questions, each question must not be defamatory, frivolous, offensive, unlawful or otherwise improper. Also, each person or organisation is restricted to one question.

A copy of each question will be sent to the Elected Mayor or appropriate Cabinet Member and the questioner will receive confirmation upon receiving the query.

Individuals will have the option to personally ask their question at the meeting, where they will be allowed two minutes to ask their question, along with a further minute for any potential supplementary questions.

Supplementary questions must arise from the initial question or reply. These can also be rejected by the chair if they do are deemed inappropriate, unlawful or offensive.

All questions to the Mayor or Cabinet Members asked by the public at a council meeting will be recorded in a register which will be available for public inspection.

If you can not attend the meeting, the Chair may ask the question for you or may decide that a written reply will be given. Any question which can not be dealt with during the 30 minutes will be dealt with by a written answer provided to the questioner within five working days of the meeting.