Play your part in local government
There are many ways to take up matters with the council and ensure you play your part in local government. Most decisions are made at meetings of the:
Panels send recommendations to their parent committee for decision. Meetings are open to the press and public. Here are some ways you can participate:
Public attendance at meetings
The time, place and subjects to be discussed at a meeting are listed in our committee meeting agendas. These contain reports from council officers and are used to brief councillors. They are available to the press and public a week before meetings. To view upcoming meetings, view our monthly meeting calendar.
Occasionally, confidential matters usually concerning sensitive commercial or personal information, will be discussed and the press and public will be asked to leave the meeting room for those items.
The council, every committee and most panels make up to 15 minutes available for the public to ask questions. Your question will either be answered by the chair of the committee or will be posted in writing within three working days of the meeting. We aim to publish the sound file of questions online 5 working days after the meeting.
Any Harrow resident or representative of a local organisation may ask a question at a meeting, plus one follow-up question on the reply received. Questions should be submitted in writing at least two clear working days before the day of the relevant meeting. See the Public questions and answers section.
Deputations, Planning applications and Petitions
For information on Deputations, Planning applications and Petitions, please go to the further info section.
The procedures listed can seem complicated, so if you need more information, please get in touch using the information in the contact us section, and we will ensure your query is forwarded to the officer clerking the meeting you wish to attend.