Now that the District Council has a ‘cabinet’ system of super-councillors running things , it could be harder for ordinary councillors – let alone the public- to keep an eye on what’s going on.
To counter this, the council now declares a “Forward plan of key decisions”. The official council website explains this as follows:
The Forward Plan sets out the key decisions that the Council’s Executive Board intends to take over the next four months.
Key decisions are those that are likely to result in the Council incurring significant expenditure or savings (i.e. exceeding ?50,000) or are significant in terms of their effect on communities living or working in an area comprising two or more wards in the geographic area covered by the Council.
The Plan gives the public the opportunity to find out what decisions are to be taken, to read the background papers, and comment if they wish. Each item in the Forward Plan gives the name and contact details of the person who can provide further information and to whom all comments should be sent.
All these decisions will normally be taken in public, unless there are special reasons for the information being declared exempt from publication.
You can download the first forward plan here.
Some of the items are:
Please note one thing though – decisions on future housing in the district will not be decided by the cabinet. The final decisions will be made by the full council of 39 councillors.