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Decision making, the constitution, overview and scrutiny

Decision Making

The Full Council

Full Council is made up of all 58 Councillors (members). It has the role of setting the annual budget, overall policy framework for the Council and adoption of changes to the Constitution (please see below).

Service Committees

The four Service Committees (Policy Committee, Public Realm Committee, Housing & Inclusion Committee and Regeneration & Business Committee) and other decision-making committees are responsible for taking decisions delegated to them.  Committees will generally be open for the public to attend except where personal or confidential matters are being discussed.  Committees have to make decisions which are in line with the Council's overall policies and budget.  If a committee wishes to make a decision which is outside the budget or policy framework and is not within the terms of the Council's Financial Procedure Rules this must be referred to the Council as a whole to decide, via the Policy Committee.

Chairs of Committees and some Vice Chairs are lead councillors for specific service areas detailed in our Lead Councillor Responsibilities grid.

The Constitution

The Constitution sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures that are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable.

On 26 May 2021, the Council changed its governance structure from a Cabinet model to a Committee system. This was following meetings of the Council’s Committee Restructure Working Group, held between July 2020 and April 2021.

Overview and Scrutiny

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee supports the work of the Service Committees and the Council.  It takes an overview of all the activities that the council is involved in and can decide to examine in depth (scrutinise) particular issues.

Anyone can suggest a topic for Scrutiny to consider via email to:

Annual Reports of the Council’s Scrutiny Committee can be viewed here.

Reports of Scrutiny Reviews undertaken in the past 5 years can be viewed here.

Annual Scrutiny Report and Scrutiny Review Reports

Council departments

The Chief Executive's Board leads and manages the work of around 330 staff, and major contracts including for refuse collection, leisure, and grounds maintenance.

Chief Executive: Amanda Foley

Tel: 01727 819308

Managing the Council's political arrangements, leading the Council's employees and its work with partner organisations. Policy, Strategy, Democratic Services, Communications, Partnerships, Health, Community Safety, Economic Development, Emergency Planning, and Monitoring Office.

Deputy Chief Executive (Finance): Colm O'Callaghan

Tel: 01727 819200
Email: Colm.o'

Financial Strategy, Budgets, Efficiencies, Accountancy, Revenues, Internal Audit and Fraud Investigation, Solicitor for the Council's office, Legal, and Land Charges.

Head of Community Services: Joe Tavernier

Tel: 01727 819472

Allotments, Cemeteries, Community Engagement, Inclusion and Equalities, Grounds Maintenance, Parks and Open Spaces, Young People, Markets, Waste Management, Street Cleaning, Sustainability, Car Parking, Parking Enforcement, Food Safety, Health and Safety, Noise Complaints, Pest Control, Licensing, Pollution Control.

Head of Commercial and Development: Tony Marmo

Tel: 01727 819268

Responsibilities: Leisure, Theatres, Museums, Procurement, Major Property Development, Identifying Commercial Opportunities, Sports and Arts Development, Property and Asset Management, Infrastructure, Building and Facilities Management, Building Maintenance.

Head of Housing: Karen Dragovic

Tel: 01727 819400

Overall Responsibility for the Management and Maintenance of Council Owned Housing, Housing Options and Policy, Fraud and Housing Benefits plus Private Sector Housing including Disabled Facilities Grants.

Head of Corporate Services: Simonne deVall

Tel: 01727 819660

Human Resources, Recruitment, Training and Development, Customer Services, Business Improvement, Performance and Risk Management, Information and Communications Technology, FoI Administration and Electoral Services.

Head of Planning & Building Control: Tracy Harvey

Tel: 01727 819300

Development Management Including Processing of Planning Applications and Building Control. Local Development Framework and Spatial Planning Including Design, Archaeology, Conservation, Landscape, Arboriculture, Transportation, Drainage and Project Implementation.