The Council is currently composed of 50 Councillors, with one vacancy, who meet together as The Council. The Council meet together approximately every two months and the public can generally attend and ask questions.
At Council, Councillors decide the council's overall policies and set the budget each year. The Council appoints the Leader, Deputy Leader and the Cabinet.
The Council also appoints Councillors to its Scrutiny Committees, Regulatory and other committees and the Standards Committee. The Scrutiny committees are the primary means of holding the Cabinet to account, and they, in turn report direct to the Council. The Mayor chairs the meetings of Council and acts as a non-political Civic Head.
Meetings of full Council
Ordinary meetings of full Council take place every two months and are generally open to the public to attend, except where an item is of a confidential nature.
|Thursday 23rd March 2017||6pm||Council Chamber||View the Agenda and Papers for this meeting|
|Thursday 11th May 2017||6pm||Council Chamber||View the Agenda and Papers for this meeting|
|Thursday 18th May 2017 (Annual Council)||6pm||Council Chamber||View the Agenda and Papers for this meeting
|Thursday 20th July 2017||6pm||Council Chamber||View the Agenda and Papers for this meeting|
|Thursday 28th September 2017||6pm||Council Chamber||View the Agenda and Papers for this meeting on 21/09/17|
|Thursday 23rd November 2017||6pm||Council Chamber||View the Agenda and Papers for this meeting on 16/11/17|
|Thursday 25th January 2018||6pm||Council Chamber||View the Agenda and Papers for this meeting on 18/01/18|
|Thursday 22nd March 2018||6pm||Council Chamber||View the Agenda and Papers for this meeting on 15/03/18|
|Thursday 10th May 2018||6pm||Council Chamber||View the Agenda and Papers for this meeting on 02/05/18|
|Thursday 17th May 2018||6pm||Council Chamber||View the Agenda and Papers for this meeting on 10/05/18|
Special Meetings of the Full Council
I want to ask a question at a Council meeting
The question must be delivered in writing or by email to the Director of Resources no later than 24 hours before the meeting.
Each question must give the name and address of the questioner and must name the Member of the Council to whom it is to be put. At any one meeting, no person may submit more than one question on behalf of themselves or an organisation.
- be about a matter for which the Local Authority has a responsibility, or which affects the Borough
- not be defamatory, frivolous or offensive
- not be substantially the same as a question which has been put at a meeting of the Council in the past six months
- not require the disclosure of confidential or exempt information
A question may be rejected if it does not comply with any of the points above.
Record of questions
The Director of Resources keeps a record of each question received and this record is open to public inspection. Rejected questions will include the reasons for rejection. On receipt of a question a copy of the question is sent to the Member to whom it is to be put. Copies of all questions will be circulated to all Members of Council and will be made available to the public attending the meeting.
Asking the question at the Council meeting
The Mayor, who Chairs the meeting, will invite the questioner to put the question to the Member named in the notice. If a questioner who has submitted a written question is unable to be present, they may ask the Mayor to put the question on their behalf. The Mayor may ask the question on the questioner’s behalf, indicate that a written reply will be given, or decide in the absence of the questioner, that the question will not be dealt with.
A questioner who has put a question in person may also put one supplementary question without notice to the Member who has replied to his or her original question. A supplementary question must arise directly out of the original question, or the reply. The Mayor may reject a supplementary question on any of the grounds listed above.