How the Council Operates
The Council comprises 49 Councillors elected every four years. Councillors are democratically accountable to residents of their ward.
The last election was held in May 2019. The next election is May 2023.
The result of the May 2019 election was that the Conservatives had 35 Councillors elected, Labour 1, UKIP 1, Green 3 and 7 Independents. There is currently no opposition group.
Councillors have to agree to follow a Code of Conduct to ensure high standards in the way they undertake their duties. Complaints that they have not followed the Code can be made through the Code of Conduct page.
Council agrees the allowances paid to Councillors for the expenses they incur in their functions each year, the latest allowances were agreed in February 2019.
Leader and Cabinet
The Council has adopted a Leader and Cabinet model of governance. The Leader of the Council was appointed at the Annual Council meeting in May 2019 for a 4 year term of office; the Leader is Councillor Brian Edwards.
The Council appoints the Leader of the Council who then appoints a Cabinet, including a Deputy leader.
The Leader and Cabinet are responsible for “executive“ functions which are primarily those functions which are not by law, or a decision of the Council, to be exercised by specific Committees (e.g Planning Committee). The Leader also allocates areas of responsibility to members of the Cabinet these are set out in the constitution.
The Cabinet is made up of Councillor Brian Edwards (Leader), Councillor Roger Lees (Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services), Councillor Brian Cox (Cabinet Member for Planning and Business Enterprise), Councillor Robert Reade (Cabinet Member for Welfare Services), Councillor David Williams (Cabinet Member for Business Transformation).
Council and Committees
All Councillors meet together as the Council. At Council Councillors decide the Council's overall policies and set the budget each year.
Meetings of the Council, Committees and Cabinet are normally open to the public as are the decisions made by them. There are in addition a number of Committees exercising various responsibilities. Details of these can be found in Part 2 of the Council's constitution and on the website pages for those Committees.
Each year the Council appoints a Chairman of Council and a Vice Chairman. In May 2019 Councillor Kath Williams was appointed as the Chairman for the year until May 2020 and Councillor Lin Hingley was appointed as Vice Chairman.
To invite the Chairman to your function or event please complete the Chairman's Pro Forma.
The Council is required to operate in accordance with the constitution. This is the document, approved by Council, that sets out how decisions are reached, how debates take place and who has authority to make decisions on behalf of the Council.
The Council employs officers to carry out its responsibilities including a Chief Executive, who is Dave Heywood. Click on the links to view the Corporate Leadership Team and the Leadership Team Organisation Chart. The Monitoring Officer is David Pattison and the Section 151 finance officer is James Howse.