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A national park authority is seeking residents’ views on a fairer system of public speaking in meetings.

From 2000, the Peak District National Park Authority has allowed any number of people up to three minutes to address a committee, but recent meetings have sometimes had more than 20 speakers for one agenda item, leading to very lengthy sessions, unequal viewpoints and delays on decisions.

Now the authority is considering limiting the time taken up by public speaking to allow members to focus on important decisions. They propose to equalise the number of speakers, with up to three supporters and three objectors per item.

People have until Thursday, November 22, to give their views via a questionnaire on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/consultations or call Customer Service for a paper copy of the questionnaire on 01629 816200. A decision will be taken by the full Authority on December 7.