Meetings of Marlborough Town Council and its Committees are open for the public and the press to attend. However, they are not public meetings and there are restrictions on public participation but, that said, there are opportunities for the public to speak.
Council and Committee meetings are meetings and discussions of Council members and members of the public don’t have an automatic right to speak without the consent of the Chairman. If the Chairman feels that a member of the public's contribution will help decision making, he may suspend Standing Orders (the regulations governing all meetings) to allow that person to speak.
Full Town Council and Committee meetings include an item at the start of the meeting giving members of the public an opportunity to ask the Council a question - Public Question Time. This should not exceed 10 minutes and is limited to 1 question per person unless time permits otherwise. If the Chairman or Councillor is unable to give an answer immediately, he/ she will usually offer a written response as soon as possible.
Every year between 1st March -1st June, the Mayor calls an Annual Parish Meeting, which is a public meeting of the local electorate (everyone in the Parish of Marlborough who has a right to vote) who may question the Mayor, Clerk and Chairman of the Town Council Committees.
See below for Public Question Time notes for Guidance