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Standing Orders contain rules for the conduct of the proceedings the Council, its committees, subcommittees and subordinate decision-making bodies. Their purpose is to enable Council to exercise its decision-making responsibilities in a transparent, inclusive and lawful manner.
In doing so the application of standing orders contributes to greater public confidence in the quality of local governance and democracy in general.
These Standing Orders have been designed specifically for local authorities, their committees, subcommittees and subordinate decision-making bodies. They fulfil the requirements of the Local Government Act 2002 and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 with regard to the conduct of meetings.
It is mandatory that Council adopts standing order for the conduct of its meetings and the meetings of its committees (clause 27 of Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002).
All members of Council must abide by standing orders.
Download a printable copy of our Standing Orders, adopted 8 March 2017 (PDF, 618KB)