Christchurch Borough Council committees
Detailed information on our meetings including members, meeting dates, reports and minutes.
The council's decision-making processes seek to ensure:
- Effective decision-making
- Community leadership
- Continuous improvement to services
All council meetings are open to the public. However, members of the public can be excluded if a confidential matter concerning a customer or staff member arises.
- Council meetings
The council (which comprises of all 24 members of the council) meets every six weeks and is responsible for the council's overall policies and for setting the council's budget each year (including council tax).
- Resources Committee
The Resources Committee ensures that the council's resources, finance, IT and staff are effectively and efficiently managed to aid the achievement of the council's policy objectives, to provide for the council's long-term financial stability and manage risk.
- Community Services Committee
The Community Services Committee is responsible for the delivery of high quality value for money services to the public in accordance with the council's policy objectives. It also ensures that the council's front-line services are effectively co-ordinated.
Planning Control Committee
The Planning Control Committee makes decisions on applications for planning permission, certificates of lawfulness, listed building consent, consent for works to protected trees, conservation area consent, the enforcement of planning controls and the investigation and settlement of complaints concerning high hedges.
- Licensing Committee
The Licensing Committee provides an efficient and effective licensing and regulatory system in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003 and local policies. It also investigates breaches of licensing controls.
- Audit and Scrutiny Committee
The Audit and Scrutiny Committee's main role is to challenge the effectiveness and value for money of the council's decisions and actions. It also undertakes service reviews and reviews of Council Policy, makes recommendations and monitors letters and reports from the Local Government Ombudsman, District Audit and Internal and External Audits.
- Scrutiny Committee (ceased November 2011)
On 29th December 2011 the Council resolved that Scrutiny Committee would take on the Audit function for the Council and a new Audit and Scrutiny Committee was agreed. The first meeting of this new Audit and Scrutiny Committee takes place on 13th December 2011.
- Ethical Governance Committee
This is a joint committee between Christchurch Borough Council and East Dorset District Council.
- Standards Committee (ceased May 2012) In its place arrangements are being made for a Joint Ethical Governance Committee with East Dorset District Council - dates for meetings yet to be agreed
Name: Democratic Services (Christchurch)
Tel: 01202 495000
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