We have 'public notice questions'. Providing some basic criteria are met (the most tricky of which being that it should be 'strategic in content'), questions have to be responded to by the relevant department within ten days and the question and response will be placed on the agenda of the next appropriate OSC. Questioners are invited to attend to ask a single follow-up question and officers/Cabinet Members attend to respond to that. Members can ask as many questions as they like
We allow no more than the first 30 minutes of any meeting to be taken up with PNQs (so if there are 10 they'd only get 3 mins each) which preserves the remainder of the meeting for members' scheduled items.
Considering any councillor or resident can raise a PNQ they only make up 10-15% of our total items considered per year.
Though they can be tricky to manage sometimes they're an excellent way for residents to bring to members' attention issues that they think need to be considered; a number have been taken up subsequently as substantive items.
Link to our constitution is here
, 10.1-3 of Part 3, Section 1 is the relevant part. Feel free to drop me a line if you want any more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
With the Chair's permission members of the public are also allowed to speak on any item.