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.

Disabled Access to the Council Offices

As a result of recent discussions Portland Town Council wishes to acknowledge the difficulties that many disabled people experience in accessing the Council Offices and attending its meetings.

The Offices were opened in 1934 and at present do not comply with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 regarding wheelchair users and other people with mobility problems. Nor do they offer facilities for those with hearing difficulties.

The Town Council is currently considering proposals to transfer its accommodation to the lower ground floor of the Offices building. By this means it hopes to provide in conjunction with Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, who own the building, better access for those with mobility problems.

With regard to the hard of hearing, the Town Council is pressing ahead with making suitable provision and will publish further details when they become available.