Decision Making Process
Working Parties do not have any delegated decision making powers. Their role is to obtain information, including cost implications where applicable, and to discuss and agree recommendations, for presentation in the form of a report back to the parent committee.
All decisions taken by the parent committees have to be ratified at the next meeting of the Full Council, before they can be implemented, to ensure that all members of the Town Council have the opportunity to comment on every decision taken, apart from comments on planning applications, where the committee has delegated powers to the Development Control Planning Department, at NDDC, and the Planning Department Dorset County Council to respond without ratification by Full Council in order to meet response deadlines. Any decision taken by the General Purposes Committee incurring expenditure has to be referred to the Policy and Resources Committee for funding approval.
Ratification at Full Council
The reports or all committee meetings are presented to the next meeting of the Full Council for ratification. Any member who is not in agreement, and did not participate in the decision making process, can identify the reasons for objecting to the decision taken and table a proposal requesting that the matter should be referred back to the committee for further consideration. The proposal will need to be seconded and supported by a majority of the members present for this to happen.