Friday 26 August 2011 3.41pm
You can just turn up.
Be aware that if there are others also wishing to speak in objection, you will have to Carve
up the three minutes amongst yourselves beforehand.
When the chair calls for an objector to speak, it is vital to indicate your intention to speak straight away as you will not be able to contribute after this point if you don't say so at that point, especially if there are multiple objectors.
After the three minute presentation the councillors will be able to ask you questions - and if it is obvious that you haven't covered all the points you wished to make then one of them will often (but not always) ask a helpful general question like 'was there anything else you wanted to say?' so that any issues not fully addressed during the three minutes get aired before the decision is made.
It is also possible for several people to come to the top table when objectors are called, then for one person to speak for three minutes and several others to be on hand to answer questions from councillors.