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 Conservative Group and the Highwoods Group. The Council Leader is Councillor Paul Dundas (Conservative).

The Cabinet is made up of six Councillors, each of whom is responsible for a specific area, known as a Portfolio. The political composition of the Cabinet is 5 Conservative members and 1 Highwoods member. 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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Award of contract for the purchase of 19 cage tipper vehicles PortfolioCouncillor Martin Goss27 Apr 2021Decision Proposed
Award of contract for the purchase of one Refuse Collection Vehicle PortfolioCouncillor Martin Goss27 Apr 2021Decision Proposed
Disposal of 23, 23a and 69 Maidenburgh Street PortfolioCouncillor Adam Fox20 May 2021Decision Proposed
Motion of Thanks

Motion D


Motion of Thanks to former Councillors Arnold, Barlow, Davies, Elliott, Jarvis, Higgins, Liddy and Maclean.


The Mayor to welcome new Councillors Burrows, Cox, Hagon, Laws, Leatherdale, Mannion, Nissen and Tate and to invite them to briefly introduce themselves to Council.

CommitteeCouncil26 May 2021Implemented
Delegations Made by the Leader of the CouncilTo note the delegations made by the Leader of the Council, the appointment of the Cabinet members and the responsibility for portfolios as determined by the Leader of the Council.CommitteeCouncil26 May 2021Implemented
Appointments of Panels, Committees and Sub-Committees

Motion C


Motion that:-


(i)  In accordance with with the provisions of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 to agree the number of seats, group representation and membership of the Committees and Panels for the ensuing municipal year.


(ii)  In accordance with the provisions of of section 17 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 to agree the appointments to Committees and Panels for the ensuing municipal year which are not on a Group basis.


(iii) To agree the membership of the Independent Remuneration Panel.


The details of the proposed memberships of the Committees and Panels are to follow and will be circulated before the meeting.


CommitteeCouncil26 May 2021Implemented
Appointment of the Leader of the Council

Motion B


Motion to appoint the Leader of the Council for the remainder of their term of office.

CommitteeCouncil26 May 2021Implemented
Appointment of Deputy ChairTo appoint the Deputy Chair of Cabinet for the 2021-22 municipal year.CommitteeCabinet26 May 2021Implemented
210595 Town Hall, High Street ColchesterRemoval of existing wooden library shelving within the former court’s law library room within the Town Hall. Existing boxing out above the shelving will be retained so as not to affect or alter the moulded plaster covering around the ceiling, meaning the existing sign will also be retained in-situ. Removal of the shelving will enable installation of new fixtures and fittings to the walls within the room to be carried out
CommitteePlanning Committee27 May 2021Implemented
211010 9 Mayberry Walk, ColchesterLawful Development Certificate for existing use: residential dwelling converted to include 4 beds, 1 communal breakfast room, bathroom, WC, kitchen, and living room/dining room to be shared with 4 x residents       
CommitteePlanning Committee27 May 2021Implemented