Urgent Decision Making Guidance
Get information on council meetings, agendas and minutes:
Upcoming council meetings
View details of council meetings online:
- view a calendar of upcoming council meetings
- browse agendas and minutes for council meetings
- search council minutes, agendas and reports, for example by committee name, date or ward
You can find out about forthcoming executive and executive member business by looking at the council’s Forward Plan.
View the council’s Accessing Information Protocol.
Public participation in meetings
Residents are encouraged to attend meetings and participate. All meetings are open to the public except when confidential information is being discussed.
Find out more about how you can have your say and attend council meetings.
How the council makes it decisions
The majority of decisions are made by councillors but many are made by senior officers to keep services running day to day.
Who can do what is set out in the Delegation Scheme which is part of the Council’s Constitution. This sets out the structure and workings of the council in detail.
The decisions made by a committee are recorded in the minutes of the meetings. Decisions made by senior officers are recorded in an Officer Decision Log. You can view the council committee structure online.
Councillors and officers are bound by a code of conduct. This ensures that they act fairly and properly in any decisions they take as elected representatives of their communities. Sometimes they choose not to vote on or take part in certain decisions if they have a direct interest in the issue.
Members of committees and bodies are appointed by Full Council. In most cases, membership is decided on a political basis according to the number of seats held by each political group.
In some circumstances non-councillors can be co-opted on to a committee if they have a particular expertise or represent a particular section of the community.
For further information about council meetings contact Democratic Services.