We aim to bring about -
- faster decision-making
- greater openness
- better quality services
- 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.
Three Area Committees cover the city -
- East – comprising of the Wards –
- Longhill and Bilton Grange
- North – comprising of the Wards -
- Beverley and Newland
- Orchard Park
- North Carr
- West Carr
- West – comprising of the Wards –
- St Andrews and Docklands
- Newington and Gipsyville
Each Committee meets in their area every other 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, Neighbourhood Forums or Forums on the move 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 Neighbourhood Coordination 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.