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. LLTC is unusual in the parish council sector as we publish all meeting papers and background reports – not just the agenda – and this covers a number of years, rather than just the current and previous year which is standard policy.
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.
Occasionally some agenda items may be restricted. This is usually due to commercial sensitivity (e.g. award of contracts), legal or insurance related proceedings or staffing matters.
Meetings are now taking place in a face to face format but with Covid-19 mitigation measures in place. Although most meetings are held at the White House, larger meetings are likely to take place at other venues such as Astral Park or Pages Park community centres. Please see the meeting calendar or meeting agendas for specific information. Please note that venue capacity will be limited to comply with the risk assessment and members of the public wishing to attend a meeting should register and check there is capacity before 4pm on the day of the meeting (or the day before, for a morning meeting). No-one should attend a meeting if:
- they have tested positive for Covid-19 or live with someone who has tested positive
- they have Covid-19 symptoms or live with someone who has symptoms
- they are self-isolating
- they are quarantining following return from a country not on the green travel list
Since 7 May 2021, some decisions which cannot wait for a scheduled meeting have been delegated to the Proper Officer following email consultation with elected Members of the Council. You can view the decisions being requested of councillors by clicking the link below. Please contact your town councillor if you would like further information or to put forward your views or comments on decisions being requested.
Planning applications: we would remind residents that the Town Council is only a consultee in the planning process and would strongly recommend residents write to the planning authority, Central Bedfordshire Council, with any comments on current or pending planning applications. You may also wish to make your views known to a town councillor who is on the Town Council’s Planning and Transport Committee and/or email to: email@example.com.
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.