In this section you will find details about all aspects of the Council's democratic process including an archive of agenda and minutes for Council, committee and sub-committee meetings as well as meetings of the Executive and decisions taken by individual executive members.
The Council is made up of 42 elected members representing 18 wards. There are currently 41 Conservatives and 1 Labour member All councillors meet together as the Council about seven times a year. The Council decides the overall policy framework and sets the budget each year for all the services the Council is responsible for. The Council elects one of its 42 members to be the Leader of the Council. It also appoints members to the Overview and Scrutiny Commission (responsible for holding the Executive publicly accountable, for monitoring service performance and policy development); the regulatory committees (which make decisions on non-executive functions); and the Standards Committee.
The Leader of the Council appoints up to nine other members as Executive Members. Together with the Leader these councillors form The Executive, which is responsible for most day-to-day decisions either collectively or, in many cases, through individual decisions taken by executive members. When significant decisions (known as Key Decisions) are to be discussed or made, these are published in a list (now called Executive Key Decisions) which can be found via the Forward Plan Link. The Executive must make decisions in line with the Council's overall policies and budget. If it wishes to make a decision which is outside the budget or policy framework, this must be referred to the Council as a whole to decide.
Meetings at which decisions are to be made will generally be open to the public unless personal or confidential matters are being discussed. The Council is required to give notice of meetings at which private decisions will be taken and this too can be found via the Forward Plan link.
You can find documents either by searching by keywords or by browsing through committees. Once located, you can view documents within your browser. If a document is located by searching by keywords, you have the option of downloading extracts of documents, rather than the whole file.
If you require any further information regarding the Council's democratic process, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.