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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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2004Safer Colchester PartnershipThe Committee will consider a report  inviting it to scrutinise the work of the Safer Colchester Partnership over the period September 2018 - January 2019 and its work going forward to March 2019.CommitteeCrime and Disorder Committee26 Feb 2019Implemented
2014Essex Libraries Consultation Response PortfolioCouncillor Tina Bourne27 Feb 2019Implemented
2022Response to ECC Consultation on proposed Cycle Safety Schemes PortfolioCouncillor Martin Goss28 Feb 2019Implemented
2009182120 Land at Queen Street, ColchesterDemolition of existing buildings/structures and redevelopment to provide purpose-built student accommodation, hotel, commercial space (Use Classes A1, A3, A4, B1(c) and D2), artist studios and associated vehicular access and public realm improvements.

Also includes details of Have Your Say! speaking arrangements for the Land at Queen Street application.
CommitteePlanning Committee28 Feb 2019Implemented
2010183085 Albert Roundabout, Cowdray Avenue, ColchesterErection of a metal three dimensional wayfinding sculpture, replacement of the existing planting and trees with a new landscape design that complements the sculpture and provision of two CCTV cameras within the roundabout central island (removal of the existing CCTV camera).CommitteePlanning Committee28 Feb 2019Implemented
2011183101 CNG Sports, Cuckoo Farm Way, ColchesterApplication for the removal or variation of a condition following grant of planning permission. (Condition 2 of 180438)CommitteePlanning Committee28 Feb 2019Implemented
2012190042 Outside Bill’s Restaurant, High Street, ColchesterInstallation of drinking water fountain to existing stone wall. Drinking water fountain is of stainless steel construction, 900mm high x 330mm width x 365mm depth to be fixed to the existing stone wall and paved ground. Excavations  required for connection to water and drainage services associated with redundant 'Uri-Lift'.CommitteePlanning Committee28 Feb 2019Implemented
2024Future High StreetsThe Panel will consider a report by the Assistant Director Policy and Corporate providing further information on a proposed ‘ambition statement’ to inform the submission of an Expression of Interest to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) ‘Future High Streets’ programme, followed by a public consultation on the options.CommitteePolicy and Public Initiatives Panel6 Mar 2019Implemented
2025Sustainable Transport in Colchester

The Panel will consider a report by the Assistant Director Policy and Corporate providing a background to current sustainable transport initiatives, programmes and projects in Colchester.

Representatives from some interested groups, including bus operators, cycle and access groups and Colchester Business Improvement District have been notified of the meeting, to observe or, should they wish, to take the opportunity to address the Panel under the Have Your Say! provisions.

CommitteePolicy and Public Initiatives Panel6 Mar 2019Implemented
2023‘The Walls’ Project

The Panel will consider a submission made to the Panel by Nick Chilvers

In attendance at the meeting, to assist members of the Panel in their discussions, will be:
Nick Chilvers
Sam Good, Manager, Colchester Business Improvement District

CommitteePolicy and Public Initiatives Panel6 Mar 2019Implemented