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:
1. To be an effective mechanism for representing the interests of local communities and engaging them in the decision making process.
2. 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.
3. 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:
1. To engage local residents and stakeholders in discussions about issues that affect their locality.
2. To consider and make proposals on issues which affect their geographical area.
3. To scrutinise the performance of local services, with the exception of licensing and planning matters.
4. To consider representations from groups or individuals.
5. To allocate public realm capital and revenue budgets and Local Transport Fund as agreed by the Strategy and Resources Committee and Full Council.
6. To agree the allocation of Section 106 monies (local element).
7. 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.
8. To consult with the public on the scoping of Supplementary Planning Documents at the pre-application stage.
9. 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.