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The Constitution

The Constitution determines how the Council operates, how decisions are made and procedures to be adhered to in order to be efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.

The constitution is divided into eight sections which set out the basic rules governing the council's business. More detailed procedures and codes of practice are provided in the protocols and Appendices at the end of the relevant sections.

Declarations of Councillors interest can be found in Part 5 appendix A (Members Code of Conduct) of The Constitution.

The Constitution:

Icon for pdf Constitution Part 1 - Summary & Explanation [455.24KB]

Constitution Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution:

Constitution Part 3 - Responsibility for Functions:

Constitution Part 4 - Rules and Procedures:

Constitution Part 5 - Codes and Protocols:

Constitution Part 6 - Members' Allowance Scheme:

Icon for pdf Constitution Part 7 - Management Structure [564.78KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Part 8 - Petition Scheme [148.42KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Part 9 - Functions Delegated to Joint Committees [105.08KB]