We are a democratic organisation. The council comprises of 47 elected councillors (41 Conservative, 5 Labour, 1 Liberal Democrat) who are responsible for agreeing policies about provision of services and how the council's money is spent. The council also employs officers who are responsible for its day-to-day management.
Councillors decide which policies the council should pursue, ensure that they are carried out and monitor services provided to ensure that they are delivered in the most efficient and effective way. This is done through a series of public meetings, which anyone can attend. Find out more about meetings.
Six of our elected councillors are appointed to our cabinet. The cabinet is responsible for most day-to-day decisions, in line with the overall policy and budget set by the council. Our cabinet works with officers across the council, including the leadership team. Download our structure chart to see how the cabinet works with our officers and teams, and who is responsible for what areas.
Find out more about our cabinet.
Contact your local councillor
Local councillors are elected by the community. They represent public interest as well as individuals living within the ward in which he or she has been elected to serve a term of office. Your local councillor is there to represent the views and opinions of individuals in his/her ward. It is also their responsibility to help those with difficulties which the council could help solve.
Many local councillors hold surgeries to give an opportunity for any resident to talk to their councillor in person and these take place on a regular basis. Your councillor will discuss any concerns or problems relating to council services and listen to your views on issues that you feel are important.
If you have an issue with local services, why not speak to your local ward councillor? If you don't know which ward you live in, to find out who represents you searching by your postcode, visit www.writetothem.com
Are councillors paid?
Councillors are not paid a salary for their work, but they do receive allowances. By law, all members of the council are required to complete a declaration of interest form, the details of which are published annually. These are listed on their councillor profile pages.