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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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1854Land North of Junction 28 of the A12 - Disposal of Two Sites (Sites A and B)This report invites the Committee to give approval to enter into negotiations with the preferred bidders for two sites (Site A & B) North of Junction 28 of the A12 and that delegated authority be granted to the Assistant Director, Policy and Corporate, in conjunction with the Portfolio Holder for Resources to approve the subsequent sale of the sites.CommitteeRevolving Investment Fund Committee25 Oct 2018Implemented
1855Land North of Junction 28 of the A12 - Disposal of Two Sites (Sites A and B) - Part BThe Committee is invited to consider the not for publication appendix to the Assistant Director's report.CommitteeRevolving Investment Fund Committee25 Oct 2018Implemented
1867Work Programme 2018-19The Committee is asked to note the contents Committee’s Work Programme for 2018-19. CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee30 Oct 2018Implemented
1863Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman – Annual Review Letter 2017/2018 and Corporate Complaints PolicyThe Committee have beens asked to note the contents of the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman’s Annual Review Letter for 2017/2018 and to endorse the Council’s revised corporate complaints policy.
CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee30 Oct 2018Implemented
1864Equality and Safeguarding - Annual Update ReportThe Committee have been asked to review the progress made in meeting the Council’s legal duties and objectives in regard to both Equality and Diversity, and Safeguarding, and to endorse the approach set out in paragraph 7 of the report.
CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee30 Oct 2018Implemented
1865Mid-Year Internal Audit Assurance Report 2018/19The Committee have been asked to review and comment on the Internal audit activity for the period 1 April – 30 September 2018 and the performance of internal audit by reference to national best practice benchmarks.
CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee30 Oct 2018Implemented
1866Annual Health and Safety Review 2018/19To approve the Health and Safety Policy for 2018/19 and recommend to full Council for inclusion in the policy framework and too also review and comment on the Council’s progress and performance in managing Health & Safety during the period October 2017 to September 2018.
CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee30 Oct 2018Implemented
1861Schedule of Portfolio DecisionsTo note the schedule of Portfolio Holder decisions covering the period 30 June 2018 - 19 October 2018. CommitteeCouncil31 Oct 2018Implemented
18622017/18 Year End Review of Risk ManagementB... Motion that the recommendation contained in minute 295 of the Cabinet meeting of 10 October 2018 be approved and adopted.CommitteeCouncil31 Oct 2018Implemented
1868IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism

Proposer: Leader of the Council, Councillor Cory, and Group Leaders, Councillors Goss, Laws, G. Oxford and T. Young

C.... Motion that:

1. This Council believes that we are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country. Colchester Borough Council condemns racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable. We are pleased to note the strong stance that Essex Police have taken against these issues.  Colchester Borough Council will work to ensure local bodies and programmes have support and resources needed to fight and prevent all these anti-social acts, and reassures all people living in Colchester borough that they are valued and welcome members of our community.”

2. As reflected in our Equality and Diversity Policies, the Council will continue to:

(a) ensure that unfair discrimination does not arise by promoting equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and promoting good relations between the diverse members of our community, as well as tolerance and understanding of the needs of others; and

(b) recognise that people need protection from unfair discrimination, as set out in the Equalities legislation;

(3)  The Council notes:

(a) that, in December 2016, the UK Government became the first European Union country to formally adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of Anti-Semitism; and

(b) the letter from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, dated 30 January 2017, strongly encouraging councils to adopt the definition of Anti-Semitism.

(4) The Council adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of Anti-Semitism, as set out below:

“Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of Anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

(5) The definition of Anti-Semitism, together with the accompanying illustrative examples, be used to guide the Council in the delivery of its equalities duties in relevant circumstances.

As the motion relates to a non-executive matter, it will be debated and determined at the meeting.

CommitteeCouncil31 Oct 2018Implemented