The records of public question time for each committee will now be found on each committee meeting page (the same place you find the agenda) and will be uploaded after the meeting.

The table of questions on this page will now just hold an archive of questions asked (as far back as the last 6 years).

Public question time

At Arun, we believe our committee meetings should be as open and accessible as possible. There is a 15-minute Public Question Time (PQT) at the start of each meeting which you can attend and put your question/s to elected councillors.  Meetings start at 6pm with the exception of the Licensing Committee that starts at 10am.

Most of our meetings are held at the Arun Civic Centre at Littlehampton, but this is not always the case and you should check the meeting location on the agenda in advance of the meeting you are interested in attending.

Please note that although members of the public are welcome to attend the Planning Committee and any Sub-Committee meetings within the constitutional procedure rules there is not an opportunity for public questions to be asked.

There is a separate public speaking process for applications before the Planning Committee. If you wish to speak at a Planning Committee meeting you are required to register your request, and this must be done before 9am on the Monday before the meeting is scheduled to take place. To register to speak please call 01903 737512. A list of people will be prepared on a first come, first served basis, up to the maximum allowed by the constitutional procedure rules.

How can you ask your question?

You must give written notice of your question which should be sent to  5 working days before the date the meeting is scheduled to take place.  

You are required to provide the following information within your email;

  • your name
  • address
  • email address
  • contact number  
  • your specific question (please note that this is to be a question and not a statement)
  • state if you wish to ask your question yourself or have a member of the committee services team, ask it on your behalf

This is in case we need to contact you before the meeting or to follow up in writing with a more detailed answer after the meeting. 

Questions will be dealt with on a 'first come, first served' basis. For Full Council meetings no more than two valid questions will be accepted from one member of the public (or their household) at one single meeting. This restriction does not apply to Committee Meetings .  If you have multiple questions you may ask one question at a time and you will be allowed a maximum of 1 minute to ask your question.  For supplementary questions, these will only be allowed at the chair’s absolute discretion. The supplementary question must arise directly out of the original question or the reply that was given and shall be limited to 1-minutes duration. The time limit for public questions will be 15-minutes, however the chair has discretion to extend this period. If the 15-minutes of PQT runs out and is not extended, written answers will be provided to any further questions remaining unanswered.

Questions may be rejected by the chief executive/chair if they:

  • are not relevant to matters for which the council has responsibility, or which affect the district; or
  • may be defamatory, frivolous or offensive; or
  • are substantially the same as a question put at a meeting in the past six months; or
  • relate to specific live planning applications or general planning decision upon action under the Planning Acts
  • relate to situations in which the committee acts like a court of law eg in considering licensing matters as those matters are addressed through individual legal processes and through the courts;
  • relate to matters within the various categories of exempt information shown in Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (details of which are set out below):
    • (a) information relating to any individual
    • (b) information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual.
    • (c) information relating to the financial or business affairs  of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)
    • (d) information relating to any consultations or negotiations or contemplated consultation or negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority of a Member of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority
    • (e) information in respect of which a claim of legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings
    • (f) information which reveals the authority proposes:
      • to give under any enactment a notice under or by virtue of which requirements are imposed on a person; or
      • to make an order or direction under any enactment
    • (g) information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution or crime

How can I see the record of questions asked?

You can view the questions submitted and answers given in Public Question Time at Full Council and Cabinet meetings held since 10 February 2014 up to 18 May 2021 below.

For questions submitted and answers provided from 19 May 2021 onwards, these can be viewed on the relevant Committee web page as a supplement.

This information will be published within 10 working days of the date of the meeting.

Record Of Questions
Meeting               Date             Schedule of Questions and Answers                        
Full Council 17.03.21 Full Council PQT 17 March 2021.pdf [pdf] 210KB
Full Council 17.02.21 Full Council PQT 17 February 2021.pdf [pdf] 153KB
Full Council 13.01.21 Full Council - PQT - 13 January 2021.pdf [pdf] 518KB
Cabinet 16.11.20  PQT - 16 November 2020.pdf [pdf] 289KB
Full Council 11.11.20 PQT - 11 November 2020.pdf [pdf] 213KB
Cabinet 21.09.20 Cabinet - Public Question Time - 21092020.pdf [pdf] 273KB
Full Council 16.09.20 Full Council - Public Question Time - 16092020.pdf [pdf] 557KB
Full Council 15.07.20 Public Question Time Schedule - 15 July 2020.pdf [pdf] 355KB
Cabinet 09.03.20 PQT Schedule - 9 March 2020 for the web.pdf [pdf] 203KB
Special Council 19.02.20 PQT Schedule - 19 February 2020 for the Web.pdf [pdf] 274KB
Cabinet 10.02.20 Public Question Time Schedule - 10 February 2020.pdf [pdf] 290KB
Full Council 15.01.20 PQT - Schedule - Full Council - 15 January 2020.pdf [pdf] 274KB
Cabinet 13.01.20 PQT Schedule - Cabinet 13 January 2020.pdf [pdf] 209KB
Cabinet 09.12.19 PQT Schedule - 9 December 2019 - For the Web.pdf [pdf] 209KB
Full Council 13.11.19 PQT Schedule for the web.pdf [pdf] 263KB
Special Council Meeting 10.10.19 PQT Schedule - Special Council Meeting - 10 October 2019 - For the Web.pdf [pdf] 359KB
Cabinet  07.10.19 PQT Schedule - Cabinet - 7 October 2019 for the Web.pdf [pdf] 209KB
Full Council 18.09.19 Public Question Time Schedule - for the web.pdf [pdf] 275KB
Full Council 17.07.19 Full Council - 17 July 2019 - PQT Schedule.pdf [pdf] 207KB
Cabinet  08.07.19 PQT Schedule for the Web - 8 July 2019.pdf [pdf] 211KB
Special Council 20.0219 Schedule - For the web.pdf [pdf] 31KB
Cabinet 12.11.18 Schedule - For the web [12.11.pdf [pdf] 17KB
Full Council 07.11.18 Schedule - For the web.pdf [pdf] 25KB
Cabinet 15.10.18 Schedule - For the web.pdf [pdf] 46KB
Full Council 12.09.18 Schedule - For the web.pdf [pdf] 29KB
Cabinet 21.05.18 PQT Schedule - Cabinet 21.5.18.pdf [pdf] 25KB
Full Council 08.05.18 Public Question Schedule - Full Council - 2 May 2018.pdf [pdf] 28KB
Cabinet 09.04.18 PQT Schedule - Cabinet 9.4.18.pdf [pdf] 17KB

For more information please contact the Committee Services Team at Arun Civic Centre (address below), call 01903 737614/737611 or email: