The Council meeting consists of all
37 Members of the Council and meets approximately every 2 months,
usually on Wednesdays commencing at 10:00 hours.
Meetings of the Council are
open to the public and usually take place in the Council Chamber at
The Arc, Clowne. Occasionally there are items included on an agenda
which are exempt and for those items the public will be asked to
leave the meeting.
The Council timetable begins with an annual meeting in May
when it elects the Chair of Council for the municipal year ahead
and confirms the appointment of councillors to serve on
committees. Council also appoints the Leader every 4 years,
who in turn appoints the Deputy Leader of the Council and an
Executive, the principal decision making body.
Although the Executive takes most of the day-to-day decisions
in the running of the authority, the meetings of the Council remain
the ultimate policy making body.
The Council sets the budget and policy
framework (Constitution Part 4) within which the Executive
must operate. The budgetary framework includes the use of capital
resources as well as the revenue budget and setting the council
tax. The policy framework is made up of a wide range of plans and
strategies, such as the Growth Strategy, the Local Plan, and the
Council Ambition (Corporate Plan).
Asking a question at
Members of the public may
ask one question of councillors at any ordinary meeting of the
Council but must put their question in writing to
no later than midday,
twelve clear working days before the day of the meeting. Guidance
on submitting questions to Council is available
here and a register is kept of questions
that are submitted:
Register of Public Questions to Council
For further information on
attending or participating in public meetings of the Council,
guidance is available