Committee structure

Council

The full council of 44 members, chaired by the Mayor of Gravesham, meets five times during the municipal year and determines the borough's portion of the Council Tax as well as other major issues affecting the borough. The annual meeting held in May is mainly a ceremonial meeting to elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

 

The public are welcome to view the meeting in the public gallery.   There is a short public question time at the start of each meeting.   If you wish to ask a question, it should be written and delivered to the committee section at the Civic Centre by 12 noon on the day before the meeting.

Cabinet

The Cabinet is the part of the Council which is responsible for most day-to-day decisions. In particular, it proposes the policy framework and budget to the Council and then carries on the work of the Council within the approved framework and budget. The Cabinet is also the focus for community planning and leads the search for best value.

The Council has adopted the 'Leader and Cabinet' system.

The Cabinet is appointed by the Leader of the Executive. The Cabinet is normally drawn from the majority political party group on the Council.

The Leader of the Executive allocates specific roles and responsibilities to Members of the Cabinet. These roles and responsibilities are referred to as 'portfolios'.

Decisions of the Cabinet can be reached collectively (i.e. by all Cabinet Members) or individually (i.e. each individual Cabinet Member is given decision-making powers of their own).

Decisions of the Cabinet, and the reasons for those decisions, are recorded and made publicly available.

The current Cabinet comprises seven Members.

There are six Cabinet Committees. Each Committee will make recommendations to the relevant Cabinet Member as to determining any matters within their remit.

Cllr John Burden is the Leader of the Executive and the Deputy Leader is Cllr Lee Croxton.  

The Cabinet Portfolios are as follows:-

Leader’s Portfolio – Cllr John Burden

Finance

Legal Services

Communications

Digital

IT Services

Property Services

Human Resources

Car Parking

Customer Services

Emergency Planning

Special Projects

Deputy Leader’s Portfolio – Operational Services– Cllr Lee Croxton

Waste & Horticulture

Street Cleaning

Cemeteries

Environmental health

Health & Safety

Licensing

Community & Leisure Portfolio – Cllr Shane Mochrie-Cox

Sport Development

GCLL

The Woodville

Community Engagement

Gr@nd

Arts, Heritage * Tourism

Market

Community Safety

Town Twinning

Strategic Environment Portfolio – Cllr Brian Sangha

Development Management

Building Control

Environmental Management

Conservation

Planning Policy

Economic Development

Housing Services Portfolio – Cllr Jenny Wallace

Social Housing

Repairs

Housing Strategy & Development

Housing Provision

Private Sector Housing

Rented Sector Housing

Affordable Homes

Performance & Administration Portfolio – Cllr Narinder Singh Thandi

Revenue & Benefits

Corporate Performance

Counter Fraud & Audit

Corporate Change

Information Governance

Corporate Governance

Commercial Portfolio – Cllr Lenny Rolles

Commercial Activities

Property Investment

 

Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Committee

Councils have new powers to scrutinise crime and disorder issues. Provisions for crime and disorder scrutiny in the Police and Justice Act 2006 came into force in England at the end of April 2009.

 

One of the powers this scrutiny committee has is to scrutinise how the partnership members are discharging their crime and disorder functions.

Overview Scrutiny

This committee, chaired by the opposition party, enhances accountability and transparency of the decision-making process. The committee scrutinises Cabinet decisions as well as other issues facing the borough.

Finance & Audit Committee

This committee looks at the overall state of the council’s finances on at least a quarterly basis, considers recommendations made by internal audit and external agencies such as the Audit Commission as well as monitoring the performance of internal audit.

Regulatory Board

The main purpose of the Regulatory Board is to determine planning applications and issues relating to building control.  Most planning applications are determined by planning officers and not by the Regulatory Board. The planning applications that are referred to the Regulatory Board for determination are usually major applications, contentious planning applications and applications referred by either a planning officer or a Councillor.   The board meets 11 times a year to determine planning applications and building control.  

 

The Board has also delegated some of its responsibilities to three sub-committees.

 

Gravesham Joint Transportation Board

The Joint Transportation Board advises both the Borough Council and Kent County Council Cabinets on issues relating to the highways.   The Board will make recommendations from time to time to the Cabinet on matters of policy relating to transportation and transport planning.

 

Licensing Committee and Panels

The Licensing Committee considers the Council’s responsibilities under the Licensing Act 2003.   It also has delegated consideration of applications for public licenses for premises to sell alcohol or to run entertainment events, such as live music to its Licensing Panel.

Licensing Committee

The Licensing Committee considers the Council’s responsibilities under the Licensing Act 2003.

 

The Licensing Committee has delegated consideration of applications for public licenses for premises to sell alcohol or to run entertainment events, such as live music etc. to its Licensing Panel.

 

South Thames Gateway Building Control Partnership Committee

In 2007, Gravesham, Medway and Swale Councils agreed to form a joint building control partnership. On 1 October 2007 the building control departments of each council merged to form the South Thames Gateway (STG) Building Control Partnership.   This committee oversees the operation of the partnership.

 

The administration of the Committee (not the Partnership) is undertaken by each Council in turn. 

 

To see papers prepared for previous years, please see the following links for each Council:-

Swale Borough Council

Medway Council

 

Please contact the Partnership itself if you wish to make use of its services. (http://www.stgbc.org.uk)

Other committees, sub-committees, panels, boards

The Council also has a number of other groups of Councillors to carry out its responsibilities on its behalf.   These include:-