The Town Council conducts the majority of business through a structure of five main Committees and four Sub-Committees, meeting on a regular basis throughout the year. All Council and Committee meetings are open to the public and the agendas and minutes of meetings are published on the website.
Members of the public may speak for up to three minutes per person at meetings, regarding items which are on that meeting agenda. A total of 15 minutes per meeting is allocated for public speaking.
Any queries or comments regarding items not on the meeting agenda cannot be discussed and should be put in writing to the Town Clerk.
Update 10 June 2020: at an extraordinary meeting of Council held on 20 March 2020, a number of measures were agreed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated Government guidance. This included the cancellation of all scheduled meetings until 29 June 2020. Emergency delegated authority was put in place to allow essential decision making in the interim. Decisions made in this way are shown below.
The Council will resume meetings but in a remote form via Microsoft Teams with effect from 1 July 2020, following the implementation of new legislation which permits this. Members of the public will be able to attend and speak at digital meetings via telephone or computer. Please see the guidelines below. If you wish to attend a meeting please contact the Council before 4pm on the day of the meeting, by telephone on 01525 631920 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grounds and Environmental Services Committee – comprises nine Councillors and deals with matters including parks, pavilions, cemeteries, allotments, play areas and green spaces.
View recent Grounds and Environmental Service Committee agendas and minutes.
Cultural and Economic Services Committee – comprises nine Councillors and deals with matters including the street market, community promotions and events, business and economic development.
View recent Cultural and Economic Services Committee agendas and minutes.
Policy and Finance Committee – comprises eleven Councillors and deals with matters including finance, auditing, staffing matters, policies and accommodation. View recent Policy and Finance Committee agendas and minutes.
Planning and Transport Committee – comprises nine Councillors and considers planning applications and transport matters within the Parish. All comments and requests are forwarded to Central Bedfordshire Council as the Planning and Highways Authority for a final decision.
View recent Planning and Transport Committee agendas and minutes.
Partnership Committee – comprises five Town Councillors and five Central Bedfordshire Councillors and deals with matters including the town centre, supporting the local business economy, tourism, community engagement and projects on which the two Councils can work in partnership. View recent Partnership Committee agendas and minutes.
The Annual Parish Meeting, held each March, provides an opportunity for residents to come and find out more about what the Town Council does and to ask questions of their Councillors.
View recent Annual Parish Meeting agendas and minutes.