What is a Webcast?
A webcast is a transmission of audio and video over the internet. Video cameras at our Council meetings capture the live information and send it, via our provider public-i to anyone that would like to view the meeting. Through the use of your Internet connection (either broadband or via a dial-up modem) and Adobe's Flash player you can view the meetings live from the comfort of your own home.
Should you miss a meeting, or would like to view a section of the meeting again, then you can view the archive of the webcast. The archives allow you to view a meeting and, through the use of the index points, allow you to jump to a specific agenda point or speaker.
Meetings being webcast
Blackpool Council is now webcasting Full Council meetings and we hope to extend this to other meetings of wide public interest at a later date. Upcoming webcasts are listed on the right of this page, as well as recent webcast available to view from our archives. The archive of each meeting will normally be available two working days following the meeting.
- To view a webcast follow the link on the title of the meeting.
- To use a text based version of the player use the 'text' link at the top of the player window for the meeting.
From the Webcast screen, you will also be able to view any associated documents and presentations linked to the topics discussed at the meeting.
Would you like to speak at a Council meeting?
Any person wishing to make representations or ask a Member of the Executive a question must submit such a request in writing to the Head of Democratic Services, for consideration.
Those approved to participate will be given not less than five clear working days notice of the meeting at which their representations or questions will be received. Those submitting representations or questions will be given a response from the Leader of the Council or relevant Cabinet Member, at the meeting.
With regard to Council, Scrutiny and Health Committee meetings not more than five people may speak at any one meeting and no persons may speak for longer than five minutes. These meetings can also consider petitions submitted in accordance with the Council’s approved scheme, but will not receive representations, petitions or questions during the period between the calling of and the holding of any election or referendum.
What happens at Council meetings?
The Mayor or in his/her absence, the Deputy Mayor will chair meetings of the Council. The correct form of address for the current Mayor is ‘The Worshipful the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor xxxx’, but after formal introductions, speakers should refer to the Mayor as ‘Mr Mayor’ irrespective of the gender of the Mayor.
Executive Reports. At each each ordinary meeting of the Council, each Executive Member shall present a report to the Council. These reports will cover achievements, progress reports on outstanding issues, decisions made since the last Council meeting and items to be considered by either the Executive or relevant Executive Member (including Forward Plan items), before the date of the next Council meeting.
On a twice a year basis, at an ordinary meeting of Council, consideration will be given to a report from the Council appointed representatives from the Combined Fire Authority.
Executive Member or Council appointed representative will have a maximum of three minutes, to present their report to the Council. Questions and comments may relate to any issue within the Executive Member’s portfolio and there shall be no limit on the number of questions/ comments per Councillor, although there will be a maximum of three minutes per question/ comment.
After the final question/ comment, the Executive Member or Council appointed representative, will respond to any questions/ comments raised and will have a maximum of ten minutes to respond. No supplementary questions/ comments shall be permitted after the response has been given.
Speeches and Voting Speeches are normal timed, with the exception of Budget Council meetings and voting on decisions are either by affirmation e.g. a show of hands or a recorded vote, where the vote of each individual Councillor is recorded in the minutes of the meeting.
Seating in the Council Chamber Members shall be seated in the Council Chamber in political groups. The Head of Democratic Services, after consultation with the political group Leaders, shall be responsible for the allocation of seats to political groups and, should there be any independent Members, the allocation of seats to independent Members. The Leaders of Political groups, having been notified of the seats allocated to their group, shall information the Head of Democratic Services of the allocation of individual seats the the remaining Members of their groups.
Full details of the Rules of Procedure can be found in Part 4 of the Council's Constitution, which is available on the Council website using this link
Future Meetings, Minutes and Agenda
If you wish to view all future meetings including the minutes and agenda pages please use the following link http://www.blackpool.gov.uk/Your-Council/Council-meetings/Meetings,-minutes-and-agendas.aspx