About the Council

How can I get involved with Portland Town Council?

Public Participation

There are many ways to get involved with the Town Council. Your opinions count and the councillors are here to reflect the needs and wants of the local community. Knowledge of public opinion helps us make better choices.

At every Town Council meeting there is a Public Half Hour when the mayor and councillors take questions from the public. The Police also attend Town Council meetings and have a slot where they answer concerns.

There is an Annual Town Meeting held in May each year, usually in one of the village halls on the Island, but did you know that all Council meetings are also open to the public?

Can't get to a meeting? Town Council meetings also have a slot for Written Questions to the Mayor. Of course you can write, telephone or email your concerns at any time and we will endeavor to help. Please use the Contact Form.

All Committee Meetings are open to the public as well. If you have a planning application pending you can come to hear the debate and learn how and why planning decisions are made. Questions and comments from the public about particular applications are allowed at the discretion of our Planning Committee Chair. Our Marine and Environment meetings have members from many outside agencies, such as the Countryside Ranger and the Sailing Academy - it's a great way to find out what is going on and what is planned for the future.

And of course all the minutes of meetings are available for public viewing. Recent ones are provided on this website and the archives are held at the Council Offices. These are open Monday to Thursday, 10.00am to 3.00pm and the staff will be pleased to help.