​Council and committee meetings are held at Merton Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend most of these meetings.

If you would like to speak or ask a question the rules and are explained below.


Full council meetings

Residents and business rate payers are invited to put forward questions at full council meetings.

  • The deadline for submitting a question to a Council meeting is 5pm, 8 working days before the meeting.
  • Your question should be no longer than 50 words and must relate to something the council has responsibility for, or that affects the borough.
  • Your question will not be accepted if it is substantially the same as a question which has been put to a meeting of council in the past six months.
  • You must provide your name and address when submitting your question.

The full rules on asking a question at council are set out in the council's constitution (Part 4A, section 11).

You are welcome to attend the meeting where you question is asked. At the meeting, you can also ask a second question seeking clarification on any point made in the original answer.

The dates of future full council meetings are listed on the calendar.

Submit your question

Please contact us using these details:

Democratic Services
Merton Council
Civic Centre
London Road

Email: democratic.services@merton.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8545 3616


Planning Applications Committee

Requests to speak at Planning Applications Committee must be made to the Development Control section by midday on the day before the meeting.

Please email planning@merton​.gov.uk or phone 020 8545 3445 or 020 8545 3448.


Scrutiny meetings

Any group or society likely to be affected by a matter which appears on an Overview and Scrutiny Commission/Panel agenda may ask to speak at the meeting.

Requests should be made by email to scrutiny@merton.gov.uk or telephone  020 8545 3356 by 12 noon on the day before the meeting.​

For more information about the scrutiny process in Merton see Scrutiny and part 4e of the Council's constitution.


Licensing hearings

You can only speak at licensing hearings if​ you are registered as a party to the hearing.



The council chamber and committee rooms are accessible by lift.

An induction loop is provided in the council chamber and additional devices such as personal loops and personal amplifiers are also available on request by emailing democratic.services@merton.gov.uk or telephoning 020 8545 3616 by 12 noon on the day before the meeting.

Sign language interpreters and language interpreters can be arra​nged providing a request is made at least 3 working days before the meeting.

Requests for interpreters should be made by email to ​ democratic.services@merton.gov.uk or telephoning to 020 8545 3616.


Filming and recording meetings

We encourage public interest and engagement in decision making and support openness and transparency around Council and committee meetings.

Members of the press and public are permitted to record any Council, committee or panel meeting held in public. This includes filming, audio recording and photographing.

Filming should not be disruptive and focus on those attending the meeting in an official capacity; and not on members of the public who are there to observe.

Guidance on filming and recording meetings