The Council Meeting is the ultimate decision making body of Arun District Council and the principle forum for major political debate. All 56 Councillors who have been elected to represent the 26 Wards of the District attend the meeting, which meets every 8 weeks.
The Full Council Meeting decides the overall objectives, major policies and financial strategies of the Council. it also considers recommendations from the Scrutiny and Regulatory Committees on issues of significance.
Through the Constitution, it delegates responsibility for carrying out many of the District Council's functions and policies to the Cabinet and Regulatory Committees. It also agrees the membership of the Cabinet and Committees/Sub Committees.
Meetings are open to the public and there is a 15 minute Public Question Time at the start of the meeting.
All meetings are held at the Arun Civic Centre on an eight weekly cycle.
For Full Council agendas and minutes follow the link.
The Cabinet comprises seven Councillors, all representing the majority party of the Council. There is a Leader, Deputy Leader and five Cabinet Members - each with a specific 'portfolio' of responsibilities, which are listed in full in the Council's Constitution.
The Cabinet takes key decisions on Council policy, the acquisition and disposal of land and sets much of the strategy for how Council services will be delivered. It also receives recommendations from the Scrutiny Committees on policy development and review.
The Cabinet meets every four weeks at the Arun Civic Centre. Meetings are open to the public and there is a 15 minute Public Question Time at the start of the meeting.
For Cabinet agendas and minutes follow the link.
Individual Cabinet Members
Cabinet Members are also able to take decisions on an individual basis where they have been delegated authority within the Council's Constitution. Examples include the letting of a contract for works to Council properties or facilities; and receiving monitoring reports on service delivery.
The process allows for notice to be given in advance of a decision being taken and a decision notice is issued once the Cabinet Member has considered the officer's report and signed off the decision.
For ICM decisions follow the link.