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The Council comprises 54 councillors representing 24 wards. The political balance is:




Liberal Democrats


Independent Alliance (Kent)


Green Party





As a result the party with the largest majority and overall control of the Borough Council is the Conservative Party.


The full Council meets at least 4 times a year to discuss and vote on key policies and sets the budget and council tax in February of each year.   Council also appoints members of committees and holds them and the Cabinet to account for the decisions they take.


Ask a Question or make a Statement at Council


Residents or businesses of the Borough may ask questions or make a statement on topics for which the Borough Council is responsible.   A request to speak must be submitted in writing, or via email, at least 10 working days before the meeting.


Please contact: committee.services@tmbc.gov.uk


The Leader of the Council and five Cabinet members form the Executive. Each Cabinet member has responsibility for particular service areas.


Executive decisions may be taken by the full Cabinet or by an individual Cabinet member following consideration of a matter by one of the Advisory Boards.   Any Key decisions to be taken will be published in advance of the meeting.


Some executive decisions are made by Cabinet in private and notice of this is published in advance of the meeting.


Notice of Forthcoming Key Decisions 

Notice of Intention to Hold a Private Meeting


The Borough Council has a number of Committees which focus on particular policy areas.   


Residents of the Borough are able to make brief statements at Area Planning Committees.  Information on how to do this is set out on the Planning Committee pages.

Advisory Boards

In January 2002, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council adopted the Leader and Cabinet system of decision making.  This followed a major consultation exercise with the local community.  The changes were made in direct response to the Local Government Act 2000 which required all local authorities to change the existing committee-based system to a method that would ensure more efficient, transparent and accountable decision making.


The system has proved an efficient way of making clear policy and budget decisions.  However, with only a limited number of councillors included within the Cabinet, the Borough Council introduced a system of Advisory Boards to give initial consideration to and make recommendations to the Cabinet on matters within their respective terms of reference.  Each Advisory Board is composed of and chaired by councillors who are not a member of the Cabinet and is responsible for discussing specific areas of policy such as: Communities, Economic Regeneration; Finance, Innovation and Property; Housing; Street Scene and Environment and Planning and Transportation.

Advisory Panels and Groups

These Panels advise the Executive in connection with specific projects or act as liaison bodies with other organisations and partners.