How We Work
The Council comprises 20 elected Councillors who meet monthly in the evening, on the first Tuesday in the month.
The main work of the Council however, goes on in Committees, Strategy Groups, working parties and event planning groups, which meet each month or more frequently depending on workload:
Committees: Finance; Planning; Car Park Management; Human Resources.
Strategy Groups: Action Downham; Environment; Town Hall;
Neighbourhood Plan; The Market.
Working Parties/event groups eg Downham in Bloom, Christmas Lights Switch On etc
Members of the public are permitted to attend Full Council, Committee meetings, and meetings of the Neighbourhood Plan group. However, should the meeting enter ‘Confidentiality’ the public will be asked to leave – this could be because a staffing matter or an item of business sensitivity is being discussed.
Who can be a Town Councillor?
Councillors are elected to the local council to represent their local community, so they must either live or work in the area. Becoming a councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects.
Being an effective councillor requires both commitment and hard work. Councillors have to balance the needs and interests of residents and the council. These will all make legitimate demands on a councillor’s time, on top of the demands and needs of their personal and professional lives.
See: https://beacouncillor.co.uk/what-do-they-do for more information.