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Committee meetings and membership

Council members form a variety of committees to control specific areas of the Council. These committees meet on a regular basis, normally within the main Council building at Bridgwater House, King Square. The meetings are open to public attendance, except when confidential (exempt) business is being dealt with.

There is a public question time at the beginning of these meetings where you may, subject to specified rules, ask questions or address the meeting about any non-confidential item on the agenda. For information on agendas, rules on addressing committees or general enquiries regarding Full Council, the Executive and Committee's, please contact us.

Committee meeting dates

The Committee timetable sets out meeting dates for the Council, The Executive, Regulatory and Overview and Scrutiny Committees, which together form the Council's political decision making structure.

Terms of reference for each Committee are detailed in the The Constitution.

For more information  for meetings from May 2013 until May 2014 please seepdf icon Timetable of meetings 2013-2014 [104kb]

For more information for meetings from May 2014 until May 2015 please see pdf icon Timetable of meetings 2014-2015 [104kb]

The Executive

The Executive is the part of the Council which is responsible for most day-to-day decisions. The Executive is made up of a Leader, who is appointed by the Council, and a cabinet of eight Councillors whom the Leader appoints.

When major decisions are to be discussed or made, these are published in the Forward Plan in so far as they can be anticipated. If these major decisions are to be discussed with other council officers at a meeting of the Executive, this will generally  be open for the public to attend except where personal, exempt of confidential matters are being discussed. The Forward Plan is available here: pdf icon Forward Plan [170kb]

The Executive has to make decisions which are 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.

When a decision is made by the Executive the decision must be published within 2 working days of the decision being made. The decision notice can be found by visiting Reports, Agendas & Minutes.

The Executive consists of the following members:

                                                                                      Shadow Portfolio Holder

Leader of Council - Councillor Duncan McGinty                Councillor Mick Lerry
Deputy Leader - Councillor Dawn Hill                                Councillor Julian Taylor
Environment - Councillor Richard Burden                          Councillor Reg Winslow
Community and Scrutiny - Councillor John Swayne          Councillor Ian Tucker
Corporate and Scrutiny - Councillor Ann Bown                 Councillor Leigh Redman 
Development Strategy - Councillor Michael Caswell          Councillor Graham Granter
Economic Strategy - Councillor Anne Fraser                     Councillor Steve Austen
Housing - Councillor Andrew Gilling                                   Councillor Mick Lerry  

pdf icon Executive Cabinet Structure 2013 [259kb]

Grants Awards Panel

The sub committee is responsible for: Applications for projects and amenity grants, reviewing performance against all SLAs issued with grants, concessionary parking in Council car parks, monitoring the award of RLT monies, awarding and monitoring RTL3 monies after recommendations from Parish Clusters and reviewing policy and procedure in grant areas and making recommendations to the Executive and Council.

This is a sub committee of the Executive with 9 members:

  • Councillor Steve Austen
  • Councillor Dennis Davey
  • Councillor Bob Filmer
  • Councillor Neville Jones OBE
  • Councillor Jane Moreton
  • Councillor John Swayne - Chairman
  • Councillor Julian Taylor
  • Councillor Ian Tucker
  • Councillor Nobby Turner

Standards Committee (Regulatory)

The Standards Committee is comprised of 11 members as follows:

Seven Councillors:

  • Councillor Tony Grimes 
  • Councillor Neville Jones OBE - Deputy Chairman
  • Councillor Kate Lawson
  • Councillor Jane Moreton - Chairman
  • Councillor Kathy Pearce
  • Councillor Brian Smedley
  • Councillor Nobby Turner

One external independent members:

  • Mr F Cornish
  • Mr F R Withers (reserve)

Three parish/town council member representatives:

  • Mr Peter Osborne
  • Mr John Turner 

Licensing and General Purposes Committee (Regulatory)

Summary of the functions of the Licensing and General Purposes Committee - Licences for sale/supply of alcohol; caravan and camping sites; hackney carriages and private hire vehicles; pool promoters; gambling licences; track betting licences;  amusement machines; lotteries; Regulated Entertainments; sex shops; sex cinemas; sex entertainment venues; hypnotism; acupuncture etc. Street trading; late night refreshment premises; scrap yards; safety certificates for sports grounds; dog breeders; pet shops; zoos; dangerous wild animals; collecting for charities; register of food premises.

The Committee also has the duty to consider and make recommendations to the Council on - Power to change - name of district or parish, confer title of honorary alderman; power to make, amend, revoke or re-enact byelaws; power to promote or oppose local or personal bills; functions in relation to parish councils; staff matters; health and safety at work; elections and electoral registration; public footpath.

The committee comprise of 15 members as follows:

  • Councillor Derek Alder
  • Councillor David Baker
  • Councillor Diana Bayliss
  • Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton
  • Councillor Michael Clarke
  • Councillor Alex Glassford
  • councillor Helen Groves
  • Councillor Alison Hamlin
  • Councillor Julie Pay
  • Councillor Leigh Redman
  • Councillor Jeff Savage - Chairman
  • Councillor Brian Smedley
  • Councillor Ken Smout
  • Councillor Nobby Turner - Deputy Chairman
  • Councillor Reg Winslow

Development Committee (Regulatory)

This Committee's role is to consider and make recommendations to Council on:

Planning Permissions and all associated functions; completion notices; display of advertisements; authorisation of entry onto land, discontinuance of a use of land; enforcement notices; breaches of planning control; hazardous substances consent; maintenance of land; listed building consent; conservation area consent; building preservation notice; enforcement notice in relation to listed buildings; urgent works; preservation of trees; protection of important hedgerows.

The Development Committee starts at 9.30am. All South area applications will be dealt with first. The Committee will break for lunch at approximately 1.00pm. All North area applications will be considered in the afternoon, commencing at 2:00pm.

The committee comprises of the following:

  • Councillor Derek Alder
  • Councillor Alan Bradford
  • Councillor Dennis Davey - Deputy Chairman
  • Councillor Bob Filmer - Chairman
  • Councillor Andrew Gilling
  • Councillor Alex Glassford
  • Councillor Graham Granter
  • Councillor Tony Grimes
  • Councillor Dawn Hill
  • Councillor Neville Jones OBE
  • Councillor David Loveridge
  • Councillor Mike Mansfield
  • Councillor Ken Richards
  • Councillor Gill Slocombe
  • Councillor Ken Smout

Audit & Governance Committee (Regulatory)

This Committee's role is to provide independent assurance to the Council and the Executive of the adequacy of the overall corporate governance and internal control environments including risk management and to oversee the financial reporting process. This Committee will also approve the authority's annual Statement of Accounts and the Statement of Internal Control.

The Committee will also ensure there are effective relationships between external and internal audit, inspection agencies and other relevant bodies and that the value of the audit process is actively promoted.

The committee comprises of the following:

  • Councillor David Baker - Chairman
  • Councillor Michael Clarke
  • Councillor John Denbee
  • Councillor Mick Lerry
  • Councillor Julie Pay - Deputy Chairman
  • Councillor Ken Smout
  • Councillor Julian Taylor

Community Scrutiny Committee

This committee will focus on service delivery and community requirements, scrutinising and making recommendations to improve under performing council services and incorporating the external scrutiny role alongside major partners of the Council.

This committee will also form close links with the Local Strategic Partnership and associated planning arrangements.

The Community scrutiny committee consists of the following:

  • Councillor Steve Austen
  • Councillor David Baker
  •  Councillor Alan Bradford -  Deputy Chairman
  • Councillor Mark Healey
  • Councillor Julie Pay
  • Councillor Jeff Savage
  • Councillor Liz Scott
  • Councillor Ken Smout
  • Councillor Julian Taylor -  Chairman
  • Councillor Ian Tucker
  • Councillor Chris Williams

Corporate Scrutiny Committee

This committee's focus will be on strategic business and corporate processes including corporate planning, financial management and budget setting, performance management framework, risk management and relevant corporate policies such as human resources, e-government etc.

Corporate scrutiny members are as follows:

  • Councillor Dennis Davey
  • Councillor Bob Filmer
  • Councillor Tony Grimes
  • Councillor Alison Hamlin
  • Councillor Mick Lerry
  • Councillor Dave Loveridge
  • Councillor Mike Mansfield
  • Councillor Jane Moreton
  • Councillor Brian Smedley - Chairman
  • Councillor Gill Slocombe - Deputy Chairman
  • Councillor Nobby Turner
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