The Council comprises 44 councillors representing 19 wards. The political balance is:
Independent Alliance (Kent)
Conservative administration in partnership with the Independent Alliance (Kent) party as confirmed at Annual Council on 17 May 2023.
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.
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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. 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.
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.
Scrutiny Select Committees were established in May 2022 and were introduced to scrutinise decisions made by the Cabinet and Cabinet Members and to hold the executive to account.
These Committees replaced Advisory Boards which were discontinued in May 2022.
Specialist Panels advise the Cabinet on particular projects or act as liaison bodies with other organisations and partners.