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
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 services.
To ensure that services are carried out in accordance with the
Council's core values, policies, strategies and within approved
The function of the committees
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.
10.To appoint formally
constituted, locally based community groups as community
representatives on the Local Committee.
11.To participate fully
in consultations regarding local services, and to be a formal
consultee in the annual LIP funding allocation.
12.To provide a means
for engaging local residents in the commissioning cycle.
13.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.
14.To receive regular
updates and discuss community safety concerns.