Councillors should attend Full Council Meetings, every month in
the evening except for August and December, and at least two Standing Committee
meetings. These are usually no more than two hours long, beginning at 7.00pm and
ending at about 9.00pm. Both Full Council meetings and Standing Committee
meetings have agendas and minutes and are open to the public.
Downham Market Town Council has five Standing Committees:
• Town Hall
Town Councillors elected to be on the Standing Committee can take part in the
decision making. A Standing Committee has delegated power, that is, they do not
usually need to refer their decisions back to the Full Council.
Standing Committee may have SUB COMMITTEES and WORKING PARTIES
Sub Committees are appointed as required to carry forward various projects and
business of the Council. They can include members of other Standing Committees
as well as non Councillors. These Sub Committees are in place for the complete
Council year and report to the Standing Committee from which they were formed.
The meetings are structured in the same way as Standing Committees with a set
agenda and notes of meeting are produced and circulated to all Councillors.
Parties are generally appointed to investigate and recommend to the Standing
Committee or Full Council which appointed them the best way forward for a
particular project. They can meet at any time and be made up of both Councillors
and non Councillors. They are flexible and informal, have no minutes or agendas
and can be any size. Once this investigation is complete and a report delivered
to the Committee which formed the Working Party that Working Party is disbanded.
The Mayor &
Deputy Mayor sit as ordinary members on two Standing Committees but may have
voting rites on all Standing Committees