Committee meetings are where all the major decisions for the council are taken, we will publish:
The Council's calendar of meetings for 2020/21 was suspended for a period due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Council has now been able to make arrangements for its meetings to take place virtually with some having done so already.
The Council is aiming to follow its previously approved calendar of meetings and whilst the date of the meetings will remain in place, the timings of some of these meetings may change.
For more information please visit our Covid-19 - The Council's calendar of meetings page.
Since Lockdown the Leader of the Council has been taking all Executive decisions which would normally have been carried out by the Cabinet.
Decisions were made under the heading 'Leader Taking Decisions During the Covid-19 Outbreak' and detailed the business to be taken by him, and when.
The reports would normally have been taken to the Cabinet and were provided to all Members and published on the Internet for information, however, any item which was deemed confidential was still excluded from the press and public because it contained confidential information of exempt information under Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972. In those cases the report was provided for information purposes.
Decisions taken by the Leader under the above circumstances were still subject to Call-In by elected Members and if no Call-in was received, the decisions were brought into force on the expiry of 5 working days after the publication of the decision and those decisions can be found under the Leader Taking Decisions During the Covid-19 Outbreak.
During the Covid-19 crisis, Non-Executive decisions have been taken by the Chief Executive exercising his emergency powers.
Details of those decisions taken can be found under the 'Chief Executive Taking Non-Executive Decisions Under Emergency Powers'.
Decisions were only be taken after the Chief Executive had consulted with each Group Leader who would have taken into account any representations made by the Members from their group.
The reports which would normally be taken to Council or Committees were provided to all Members and placed on the Internet for information, however, any report which would normally be excluded from the press and public because it contained confidential information or exempt information under Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 would have remained exempt from publication but the title of the report was provided for information purposes.
The Decision Notices (Minutes) were published and can be found under the 'Chief Executive Taking Non-Executive Decisions Under Emergency Powers'.
Currently, the Council is undertaking its meetings virtually via Skype. You can watch these meetings via the webcast.
There is still a facility to ask a question at full virtual Council at public question time and if you do so, and it is accepted, the Mayor will ask the question on your behalf.
You may speak at a planning committee meeting if you are directly affected by planning application proposals.
Visit the speaking at planning meetings page for more information.
New rights have now been introduced which will help members of the public find out how decisions are made.
These rights allow you to:
use modern technology and communication methods such as filming, audio-recording, blogging and tweeting to report the proceedings of the meetings of your council and other local government bodies and see information relating to significant decisions made outside meetings by officers acting under a general or specific delegated power
The Open and accountable local government guide has been published to help you understand the changes and exercise your rights.