Councils usually meet once a month for the council meeting, to which members of the public are also invited. Meetings may last two or three hours, depending on what’s on the list of items to discuss. Some councils may also have sub-committees to deal with specific subjects, such as planning matters.
In addition to the regular meetings, councillors are required to spare time for ‘ad hoc’ meetings – for example with architects or agents to discuss planning applications that the council must give its opinions on. Such meetings won’t happen every day, so it’s not going to take over your life – and the bonus is you get to see the detail of what’s being planned for your community before anyone else.