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 Liberal Democrat Group and the Labour Group. The Council Leader is Councillor Mark Cory (Liberal Democrat).


The Cabinet is made up of seven 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 and 3 Labour members. 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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Annual review of the Members’ Code of Conduct and the Council’s Localism Act ArrangementsThe Committee will review the Councillors’ (Members’) Code of Conduct, the Council’s Localism Act Arrangements for dealing with complaints made regarding councillors and to make recommendations to Full Council regarding any necessary amendments.CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee24 Nov 2020Decision Proposed
Review of Local Code of Corporate Governance

The Committee will review the Local Code of Corporate Governance for 2020/21. The Local Code of Corporate Governance is how the Council demonstrates that its structures comply with the recognised principles of good governance.

CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee24 Nov 2020Decision Proposed
Review of Member / Officer ProtocolThe Committee will consider a report requesting a review of the Council's Member / Officer Protocol.CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee24 Nov 2020Decision Proposed
Review of Gifts and Hospitality GuidanceThe Committee will consider a report requesting the approval of updated guidance for councillors and policy for employees. The Council provides guidance for councillors regarding any gifts and hospitality received in their role as a councillor. The Council has also adopted a policy for its employees in relation to any gifts and hospitality received.CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee24 Nov 2020Decision Proposed
Governance and Audit Work Programme 2020-2021The Committee is asked to note the contents of the Work Programme for 2020-2021.CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee24 Nov 2020Decision Proposed
Review of the Council’s Ethical Governance Policies The Committee will consider a report reviewing the Council’s updated Ethical Governance policies. These are the key policies which set out the standards of conduct and integrity that the Council expects of councillors, staff, partners, suppliers and customers when conducting Council business. They contain procedures for dealing with breaches of the policies and processes to be followed. CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee24 Nov 2020Decision Proposed
Audit of 2019/2020 Accounts

1.1         The Council’s external auditors BDO will present their Audit Completion Report to the Committee.

CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee24 Nov 2020Decision Proposed
The Northern Gateway Heat Network: Progress and Finance Update - Part BCabinet are invited to note the not for publication appendix to the report published in Part A of the agenda.CommitteeCabinet1 Dec 2020Implemented
Colchester Community Stadium Ltd - Part BCabinet will consider a report  that sets out the future options for the Colchester Community Stadium Ltd.CommitteeCabinet1 Dec 2020Implemented
Heritage Interpretation - Recommendation from Policy PanelCabinet will consider recommendations made by the Policy Panel in respect of heritage at its meeting on 23 September 2020.CommitteeCabinet1 Dec 2020Implemented