This is where you can find the reports for decisions made by the Council. To view the minutes of meetings please go to the relevant meeting page by navigating from the Meeting Calendar tab or the Committees tab.

This includes decisions taken at Committee meetings as well as decisions taken by individual Portfolio Holders from May 2014 onwards.

For individual Portfolio Holder decisions before 2014, please use the connected sub tab labelled Portfolio Holder Decisions before 2014

Structure of the Council


Following the introduction of the Local Government Act 2000 a new political structure was adopted in Colchester. The old Committee system was replaced by a new system . Under this system, a Council leader is appointed who is responsible for forming a Cabinet. The Cabinet is responsible for most decision making on day to day matters, although it must operate within the policy framework set by the full Council.


A number of Panels are in place to scrutinise decisions and review and develop policy. The Planning and Licensing Committees and the Governance and Audit Committee are responsible for the regulatory functions of the Council.


The Leader of the Council and the Cabinet


The Leader of the Council is elected at the Council’s Annual meeting. The Council is currently run by a joint administration consisting of the Liberal Democrat Group and the Labour Group. The Council Leader is Councillor Mark Cory (Liberal Democrat).


The Cabinet is made up of seven Councillors, each of whom is responsible for a specific area, known as a Portfolio. The political composition of the Cabinet is 4 Liberal Democrat members and 3 Labour members. Further information about the membership of the Cabinet is available from the Committees tab in the list on the right of the screen.



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Work Programme 2020-2021The Committee will be asked to note the contents of the Work Programme for 2020-2021.CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee20 Oct 2020Decision Proposed
Review of Remote (Digital) Council MeetingsThe Committee will consider a report detailing a review of the implementation of remote committee meetings, which were required as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. An initial report was considered by the Committee on 28 July 2020, and following this Councillors, officers and members of the public were asked to provide their views to help inform the review of remote meetings and formulate recommendations how future meetings should be conducted.CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee20 Oct 2020Decision Proposed
Health and Safety Report 2019/20The Committee will consider a report detailing Colchester Borough Council's general duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and specific duties under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, to ensure that employees, and others who may be affected, can work safely without risk to their safety or health. CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee20 Oct 2020Decision Proposed
Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman – Annual Review Letter 2019/2020The Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman produces an Annual Review Letter on the number of complaints it has received regarding each local authority. This report provides details of Colchester Borough Council’s Annual Review Letter for 2019/2020.
CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee20 Oct 2020Decision Proposed
Election of the Mayor

Motion A


Motion to elect Councillor Robert Davidson as the Mayor of the Borough of Colchester for the remainder of the 2020-21 municipal year and for the 2021-22 municipal year.


The Mayor to make the declaration and take the customary oath.


The Mayor to return thanks.


CommitteeCouncil21 Oct 2020Implemented
Better Colchester Strategic Plan 2020-2023

F... Motion that the recommendation contained in draft minute 494 of the Cabinet meeting of 2 September 2020 be approved and adopted.


CommitteeCouncil21 Oct 2020Implemented
Changes to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

G... Motion that the changes to the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy, set out in paragraph 5.4 to 5.9 of the report by the Assistant Director, be adopted as part of the Council’s Policy Framework.


CommitteeCouncil21 Oct 2020Implemented
Schedule of Portfolio Holder Decisions

Council is invited to note the Schedule of Portfolio Holder decisions for the period 3 July 2020 - 2 October 2020.


CommitteeCouncil21 Oct 2020Implemented
Motion to Adjourn

Motion D

The Mayor will invite Council to adjourn for a brief period. 


CommitteeCouncil21 Oct 2020Implemented
Mayor's Chaplain and Other Announcements

The Mayor to announce the appointment of the Mayor's Chaplain and make other announcements.


CommitteeCouncil21 Oct 2020Implemented