Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021
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.
The Council is currently holdings its formal meeting digitally via Microsoft Teams, 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, you can find the digital meeting link on the Meetings Calendar or on the Meeting Agenda. Alternatively please contact the Council and we can email you a link. If you wish to register to speak at a meeting, please contact us before 4pm on the day of the meeting, by telephone on 01525 631920 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The current legislation expires on 7 May 2021 and meeting arrangements after this date are yet to be confirmed.
** Update 24 March 2021: we are currently experiencing intermittent issues with the MS Teams platform which are outside our control. Please contact us by telephone or email if you are having difficulty accessing a meeting. We would recommend registering to speak in advance and providing a copy of your comments/questions so that they can be read out in the event of any technical issues which prevent you joining the meeting. **
No Council meetings could be held between 23 March 2020 and the start of digital meetings in July 2020. Emergency delegated authority was put in place to allow essential decision making in the interim. Decisions made in this way can be accessed via the link below.
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.