The membership comprises all councillors
representing wards within the geographical area of the committee
and non-voting representatives of any formally constituted
locally-based group that promotes the interests of local residents,
businesses or visitors in the local committee area. These
committees were established under Regulations made under the Local
Government and Housing Act 1989, which means that they do not have
to reflect the political balance of the Council as a whole.
The purpose of the committees is:
To be an effective mechanism for
representing the interests of local communities and engaging them
in the decision making process.
To consider and take decisions on issues
within the geographical area prescribed by the Strategy and
Resources Committee and to monitor the performance of local
To ensure that services are carried out
in accordance with the Council's core values, policies, strategies
and within approved budgets.
The function of the committees is:
To engage local residents and
stakeholders in discussions about issues that affect their
To consider and make proposals on issues
which affect their geographical area.
To scrutinise the performance of local
services, with the exception of licensing and planning
To consider representations from groups
To allocate public realm capital and
revenue budgets and Local Transport Fund as agreed by the Strategy
and Resources Committee and Full Council.
To agree the allocation of Section 106
monies (local element).
To promote, subject to sufficient local
support, a neighbourhood forum for the purpose of requiring the
local planning authority to make a local development order under
the Localism Act 2011.
To consult with the public on the scoping
of Supplementary Planning Documents at the pre-application
To make recommendations to the Strategy
and Resources Committee, or other appropriate council committee, on
services in their area.
To appoint formally constituted, locally
based community groups as community representatives on the Local
To participate fully in consultations
regarding local services, and to be a formal consultee in the
annual LIP funding allocation.
To provide a means for engaging local
residents in the commissioning cycle.
To approve or reject traffic management
schemes associated with all forms of parking controls (except
Controlled Parking Zones) which are contentious, and where
objections cannot be resolved by negotiation, and to be consulted
on proposals for controlled parking zones.
To receive regular updates and discuss
community safety concerns.