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

The Cabinet is made up of eight 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, 3 Labour members and 1 Highwoods member. Further information about the membership of the Cabinet is available from the Committees tab.



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1573STR-001-17Response to Consultation on the draft New Towns Act 1981 (Local Authority Oversight Regulations 2018)PortfolioCouncillor Paul SmithDecision Subject To Call In05/Jan/18
1578 Review of Meetings and Ways of Working updateCommitteeGovernance and Audit CommitteeDecision Proposed16/Jan/18
1579 Risk Management Progress ReportCommitteeGovernance and Audit CommitteeDecision Proposed16/Jan/18
1580 Annual Review of Business ContinuityCommitteeGovernance and Audit CommitteeDecision Proposed16/Jan/18
1577 Certification of Claims and Returns – Annual Report 2016/17CommitteeGovernance and Audit CommitteeDecision Proposed16/Jan/18
1576 Interim Review of the Annual Governance Statement Action PlanCommitteeGovernance and Audit CommitteeDecision Proposed16/Jan/18
1581 HMRC ReportCommitteeLicensing CommitteeImplemented17/Jan/18
1585 Taxi Policy and Report January 2018CommitteeLicensing CommitteeImplemented17/Jan/18
1586 Licensing Policy Changes January 2018CommitteeLicensing CommitteeImplemented17/Jan/18
1587 Royal Wedding ConsultationCommitteeLicensing CommitteeImplemented17/Jan/18