Canterbury Forum: Your guide

Our forums are a place where councillors and the public come together to talk about the city council issues affecting their area.

There are four: one each covering Canterbury, Herne Bay, Whitstable and the rural areas.

A forum is there to engage with the community and pass on its views to the council’s decision-making committees – so it’s a great way to talk to your local councillors and influence those decisions.

In fact, before each meeting, there is a chance to meet and chat with councillors and council officers.

You are more than welcome to speak at the meeting, just raise your hand.

Because different councils deliver different services, parish councils are an integral part of the Rural Forum. County councillors are also invited to all four meetings.

Find out more about how the meetings work.


The Guildhall,
St Peter’s Place,

All venues are accessible and will have a hearing loop.


  • 6.30pm – chance to chat with councillors over tea and coffee
  • 7pm – meeting begins
  • 9pm – meeting usually finishes


The agenda for each meeting is published on our website or via the app on your tablet. The agenda also includes the monitoring sheet from the previous forum meeting.

Wifi will be at each venue but we strongly advise you to download the papers in advance.

If you want to suggest an item for discussion at a future meeting, email

All suggestions will be considered by the chairman and the director who is responsible for that committee.

Items requested

View the forum agenda items requested by councillors or the public.

Opportunities Fund

Community groups can apply to the forum for funding for projects that help make the area a better place to live.

You can find more information on how to apply here.

Future meetings

View the dates of future meetings