The Council is the full assembly of 54 Councillors. Each year the Council elects a Chairman (who must not be a member of the Cabinet or the Overview and Scrutiny Committee). It normally meets six times per year, unless additional meetings are needed. A time is set aside for public questions which must be submitted in writing in advance. See: Public Question Time
The Council elects the Leader of the Council for a four year term at its first meeting after an election. It also appoints Committees (except the Cabinet).
The Council sets the framework of key policies, the budget and the annual council tax, but the Cabinet is responsible for implementing policies and for effective delivery of services. There are certain other functions which cannot be delegated but are carried out by the Full Council. These are listed in article 4 in part 2 of the Constitution.
The Council also determines the responsibilities for functions which are not the responsibility of the Cabinet. It, therefore, decides the terms of reference and delegated responsibilities of Committees other than the Cabinet.
Meetings are open to the public and are held at the Arun Civic Centre every 8 weeks.
The Council has agreed the principles for filming, photography and social media use at Council meetings and on Council property. Please see the Filming and Photographic Policy here.
Please note that you can now locate the webcast link to watch the webcast live or to stream later under the relevant meeting date along with the agenda. Go to browse meetings and agendas and select the date of the meeting you wish to view.
Support officer: Jane Fulton (Ext 37611).
The Arun Civic Centre
Phone: 01903 737611