The Leader was elected by members at the Annual Council meeting on 18 May 2011 for a 4 year term of office. The Leader holds all the Executive powers and functions. The Leader has appointed a Deputy Leader and 5 other members to be portfolio holders and to form the Executive. The Leader has arranged for decisions relating to Executive functions to be taken collectively by the Executive. The decisions of the Executive are monitored by scrutiny committees which may require the Executive to reconsider any decision it has taken.
Where the Executive intends to make a decision at a private meeting, 28 days prior notice of this intention will be given together with a statement of reasons as to why the decision will be made in private.
However certain decisions, such as the setting of the Council Tax and adopting major policy, must be taken at a meeting of the full Council.
The Planning Applications Committee makes decisions on planning applications. The Licensing Committee takes decisions on licensing policy and the Licensing Sub Committees hears applications relating to liquor licenses.
The Standards Hearing and Determination Committee looks at allegations relating to breach of the Members Code of Conduct by Members of the Council and the parish councils in the area.
Voting at Committee meetings
Decisions taken by the Council, a Committee or the Executive are taken by a majority vote. Members usually vote by a show of hands but if at least three councillors request a roll call vote, each vote will be recorded. In addition, if a councillor asks for his or her vote in respect to any decision taken to be recorded this will be noted.
The Council produces a schedule of key decisions to be made by the Council, Executive or officers on its behalf. This is to give people the opportunity to make their views known at the earliest possible stage.
Key decisions are those which are financially significant or which have a significant impact on their communities.