Area committees aim to bring about faster decision-making, greater openness, better quality services and greater public participation in local government.
You can get involved in local decision making by taking part in area committee meetings and ward and neighbourhood forums.
Seven area committees cover the city -
Each commitee meets in their area once a month.
The committees, led by the area’s ward councillors, are responsible for making decisions on all items that can be delegated from the Guildhall. All of these meetings are open to the public.
Smaller ward and neighbourhood forums have also been set up to enable issues to be discussed at grass roots level. These allow people to have a say on issues affecting their neighbourhoods, not just council services. Matters raised can then be referred to the area committees for action.
Each area committee is supported by a dedicated area co-ordination team that is responsible for developing networks with local groups, including forums.
Although the ward councillors have the ultimate responsibility for decision-making, they rely on you for information to reflect public opinion. As more people become involved in forums and area committees, the decisions made will truly become community decisions.
Find the date of your next area committee meeting (link opens in a new window)
For more information on area committees, please contact us on 01482 300 300.