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 9:30am.

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 5pm the day 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 prior to 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 prior to 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.  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.  If there is sufficient time remaining the Chair will invite supplementary questions. 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 maybe defamatory, frivolous or offensive;
  • or are substantially the same as a question put at a meeting in the past 6 months;
  • or would divulge, or require to be divulged, confidential or exempt information

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
Full Council 10.01.18 PQT full council 10.01.18.pdf [pdf] 20KB
Full Council 8.11.17 Schedule - Full Council 8.11.17.pdf [pdf] 20KB
Cabinet 16.10.17 Schedule of Public Questions 16.10.17.pdf [pdf] 34KB
Full Council 13.09.17 Schedule of Public Questions [pdf] 45KB
Cabinet 31.07.17 Schedule of Public Questions 31.07.17.pdf [pdf] 224KB
Full Council 12.07.17 Schedule - public question time 12 07 17.pdf [pdf] 70KB
Cabinet 19.06.17 Cabinet Public Questions 19.6.17 [pdf] 39KB
Full Council 10.05.17 No Public Question Time questions were received
Cabinet 10.04.17 Cabinet Public Questions 10.4.17.pdf [pdf] 32KB
Special Council 22.03.17 Special Council PQT schedule - 22.03.17.pdf [pdf] 63KB
Full Council 08.03.17 Schedule - public question time 08 03 17.pdf [pdf] 24KB
Special Council 22.02.17 Special Council PQT schedule - 22.02.17.pdf [pdf] 19KB
Cabinet 06.02.17 Cabinet Public Question Time 6.2.17.pdf [pdf] 24KB
Full Council 11.01.17 Schedule - public question time 11 01 17.pdf [pdf] 49KB
Full Council 09.11.16 Schedule - Public Question Time 09.11.16.pdf [pdf] 42KB
Full Council 20.07.16 Schedule - Public Question Time 20.7.16.pdf [pdf] 45KB
Full Council 16.03.16 No Public Question Time questions were received
Special Meeting of the Council (Budget 2016/17) 23.02.16 No Public Question Time questions were received
Full Council 13.01.16 Public Question Time Schedule 13.01.16.pdf [pdf] 29KB
Cabinet 07.12.15 PQT Schedule Cabinet 071215 FINAL.docx [docx] 18KB
Full Council 11.11.15 Public Question Time Schedule.pdf [pdf] 30KB
Special Meeting of the Council (Honorary Alderman Making) 09.09.15 No public question time
Full Council 09.09.15 Public Question Time Schedule 09.09.15.pdf [pdf] 48KB
Full Council 15.07.15 No Public Question Time questions were received
Full Council 17.06.15 Public Question Time Schedule 17 June 2015.pdf [pdf] 44KB
Full Council 11.03.15 Public Question Time Schedule - Web Version.pdf [pdf] 49KB Public Question Time - Full Council 11.3.2015 - Response to Question Three.pdf [pdf] 213KB
Special Council Meeting (Budget – 2015/2016) 24.02.15 Public Question Time Schedule 24.02.15 - Web Version.pdf[pdf] 19KB
Cabinet 08.12.14. Public Question Time Schedule Cabinet 081214.pdf [pdf] 127KB
Full Council 05.11.14 Full Council - 5 November 2014 - Public Question Time Schedule.pdf [pdf] 119KB
Cabinet 15.09.14. Public Question Time Schedule Cabinet 150914.pdf [pdf] 204KB
Full Council 10.09.14 Public Question Time Schedule from 10 September Full Council Meeting.pdf [pdf] 53KB
Cabinet 21.07.14. Public Question Time Schedule Cabinet 210714.pdf [pdf] 118KB
Full Council 16.07.14 Public Question Time Schedule from Full Council 16 July 2014.pdf [pdf] 52KB
Special Council Meeting 18.06.14 Public Question Time Schedule.pdf [pdf] 28KB
Full Council 30.04.14 Public Question Time Schedule 30 April 2014.pdf [pdf] 67KB
Cabinet 10.03.14. Cabinet Public Question Time 100314.pdf [pdf] 131KB
Cabinet 10.02.14 Cabinet Public Question Time 100214.pdf [pdf] 143KB
Special Council (Local Plan) 11.02.14 Full Council Public Question Time 110214.pdf [pdf] 40KB
Special Council (Budget 2014/2015) 19.02.14 There were no Public Question Time questions asked
Full Council 05.03.14 Public Question Time Schedule for 5 March 2014.pdf [pdf] 46KB

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