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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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1799Update on Implementation of Plastic Recycling Collections to Flats This report provides an update to the Panel on the implementation plan to introduce plastic recycling collections to flats. CommitteeScrutiny Panel21 Aug 2018Implemented
1800Locality BudgetsFollowing a request from Scrutiny Committee Chair.  Report includes analysis of spend since the introduction of Locality Budgets in 2015.CommitteeScrutiny Panel21 Aug 2018Implemented
1801Strategic Plan Spending Priorities - Scrutiny Report This report provides an opportunity for the Scrutiny Panel to consider and comment on the Strategic Plan Spending priorities report that was submitted to Cabinet on 11 July. At the meeting the Cabinet agreed on the eight priority themes and that £1.95m be allocated across two years to enable the work. A copy of the original Cabinet report is attached.CommitteeScrutiny Panel21 Aug 2018Implemented
1802Year End 2017 - 2018 Performance Report including progress on Strategic Plan Action Plan The Panel is invited to consider the performance report for the 2017 – 2018 year end. This includes progress of our performance measures and an update on the Strategic Plan Action Plan (SPAP); along with proposed 2018 - 2019 performance indicators.CommitteeScrutiny Panel21 Aug 2018Implemented
1803Bus Review Letter - Further Questions to Bus CompaniesThis report provides information on the next stage of the Scrutiny Panel bus review. Following on from the information gathering session on 16 April 2018, the Panel agreed to send a letter to bus companies, the County Council and Community360 asking further questions resulting from the discussion. CommitteeScrutiny Panel21 Aug 2018Implemented
1804172935 Stane Park Site, Essex Yeomanry Way, Stanway, ColchesterErection of a retail unit with an external yard and retail space (A1), a retail terrace comprising six units with mezzanine cover (A1); two supermarkets (A1) and restaurant units (A1/A3/A5), with associated parking and landscaping.CommitteePlanning Committee23 Aug 2018Implemented
1810Section 106 Agreement in respect of land at 6/7 Hawkins Road, ColchesterA report by the Assistant Director Policy and Corporate giving details of the proposed variation of a Section 106 agreement attached to an approved planning application for a residential and commercial development at Hawkins Road, Colchester.CommitteePlanning Committee23 Aug 2018Implemented
1809181548 Former Waiting Room Cafe, Bus Station, Queen Street, ColchesterAdvertisement Consent to display Bespoke heras fence panels around the Former Waiting Room site.CommitteePlanning Committee23 Aug 2018Implemented
1808181313 Lealands, Chapel Lane, West Bergholt, Colchester Proposed single storey side extension.CommitteePlanning Committee23 Aug 2018Implemented
1807180807 Ground Floor, River House, Quay Street, Wivenhoe, ColchesterListed building application for change of Use from Office space to 3 No Studio Flats and alterations to existing bedsits.

See report at Agenda Item No 7.3
CommitteePlanning Committee23 Aug 2018Implemented