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How to have your say
There are a number of ways Medway residents can have their say
on services run by the council and decisions being made by the
Speak to your councillor
You can write to, email or telephone your local councillor, a councillor who sits
on the Cabinet or a committee which is to consider the matter
you would like to speak about.
If you are unhappy about a local matter you can ask your
councillor to raise a 'councillor call for action' so that
your views are looked into.
Ask a question
Members of the public are able to ask a question at a meeting of
the Full Council.
Read this ask
a question at council guide and
send your question to us, stating which Cabinet Member or
Committee Chairman you wish to put it to.
Deadlines for sending in your questions during
||Deadline for submission of questions
Thursday 27 April 2017
Noon on Tuesday 18 April 2017
* We do not have public questions at the budget meeting in
February or at Annual Council in May.
Organise a petition
Call for action on a specific issue by organising a
petition. Find out more on our petitions page.
Take part in consultation
A consultation is where members of the public are asked to
discuss something that is being decided.
In some cases individuals or groups will be asked to complete
surveys and opinion polls or meet to talk about a plan, problem or
Medway Council encourages all members of the community to take
part in consultation and there are three ways we can gain views
from the public about decisions that may affect them:
Medway Citizens' Panel
A Citizens’ Panel is a sample of local residents who have
volunteered to regularly take part in local consultation. The panel
is made up of around 1,500 members who, as a group, are
representative of the area by geographical location, age, gender
and ethnicity. Panel members are contacted four times a year via a
postal survey and are sometimes asked to take part in a focus group
Medway Residents' Opinion Poll
This opinion poll is carried out by an independent
research company on behalf of the council and includes the
- Medway as a place to live
- Image of the council
- Satisfaction with services and reasons for
- Availability of information
- How residents contact the
The research company carries out approximately
1,100 face-to-face interviews with local residents in their own
home. The results of the survey help with the improvement of all
To make sure people are treated fairly
and all residents get their views heard, the
council often uses focus groups. During the past few years
groups have participated in discussions on a wide range of