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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 council.

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 2017/18 are:  
 

Council meeting                Deadline for submission of questions
Thursday 25 January 2018 Noon on Tuesday 16 January 2018
Thursday 26 April 2018 Noon on Tuesday 17 April 2018

* 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 give their views on 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 question.

Medway Council encourages all members of the community to take part in consultation.

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 a group of residents who 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 or workshop.