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The Cabinet has a leader and seven members, each with a specific area of responsibility (portfolio). Their work is at the heart of our day-to-day decision making process.

Members of the Cabinet

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Resources- Neil Blake
Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Planned Development, Design and Conservation -
Cabinet Member for Civic Amenities -
Cabinet Member for Community Matters -
Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Major Projects - Steve Bowles
Cabinet Member for Environment and Health - Sir Beville Stanier
Cabinet Member for Leisure - Howard Mordue
Cabient Member for Strategic Planning - Carole Paternoster

Their role is to develop, propose and implement policy. The cabinet meets every month on Tuesdays at 6.30 pm. The meetings are open to the public and the council welcomes people attending to hear the debate and discussion.

The Leader of the Council chairs meetings of the Cabinet and co-ordinates its activities. Each of the eight cabinet members has a specific area of responsibility broadly based on our services. (To view the Scheme of Delegations to the Leader and individual Cabinet Members use the link below to the Council's Constitution and download Section B3).

Major Projects Cabinet Committee

The Cabinet also has a Sub-Committee, the Major Projects Cabinet Committee. The Committee Members are Councillors N Blake, S Bowles and 1 vacancy.  The Committee has the provision to invite other Members to attend its meetings, as may be considered appropriate (the informal proportionality rules do not apply to this Committee).

The Cabinet Forward Plan and Notice of Intention to Hold a Meeting or Part of a Meeting in Private

The Cabinet's Forward Plan identifies key decisions that are going to be made on behalf of the council and who will be making those decisions.  Part of this document is the Notice of Intention to Hold a Meeting or Part of a Meeting in Private which gives reasons why it is intended to exclude the public from a meeting or part of a meeting.

Notice of a key decision being dealt with as an exception

This sets out details of key decisions which are to be taken by a decision making body which it has not been practical to publish in advance in accordance with current regulations.


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