orders! Town Council introduces new speaking rules
town councillors will have to stand before speaking during debates
from next year.
a bid to bring more formality to discussions in the Town Council
Chambers, councillors have this week approved the plans.
will have to stand to attract the attention of the Chairman when
they wish to speak, rather than simply raising their hands as
they have done for several decades.
Neville Jones was among a group of councillors who voted against
the change, calling it "completely unnecessary".
matter was considered during Monday's council meeting when councillors
reviewed their internal policies.
same procedure has been in place at Sedgemoor District Council
for many years, but the Town Council has taken the more informal
Clerk Denise Emery confirmed: "The Chairman will invite speakers
to speak only after they have stood to express their interest
in speaking. He will be able to use his discretion for members
who are less mobile."