A Short Guide to How Enfield Council Makes Decisions

on Thursday, 03 March 2011. Posted in N21 Community

 

 

 

Consultations, deputations, working parties, scrutiny panels, planning committees - local government is a confusing business. The Democracy Team at the Council are attempting to educate local residents and improve our civic literacy and help us to navigate around Enfield Council's rather clunky website.

 

Council / Committee Meeting Dates  Details of forthcoming Council meetings are on the Meetings Calendar here

 

Forward Plan - A list of major decisions to be taken by the Council over the next 3 months

The Council publishes a Forward Plan each month which gives advance notice of any key decisions that the Council is due to take over the next four months. The current forward plan can be viewed on the Council's website.

http://governance.enfield.gov.uk/mgListPlans.aspx?RPId=329&RD=0

 

Consultations - the 2010 - 2011 Consultation programme, where the Council formerly consults with local residents, businesses and other interested parties can be downloaded here

 

Deputations - Come along to a meeting to have your say

There are processes in place to enable members of the public to submit deputations to the Council's Cabinet and Planning Committee meetings. Further information can be viewed on the Council's website.

http://governance.enfield.gov.uk/ecCatDisplay.aspx?sch=doc&cat=513&path=0

 

Petitions - Is there an issue that concerns you and your neighbours

The Council welcomes all petitions and has a Petitions Scheme. The details of the scheme are outlined on the Council's website.

http://www.enfield.gov.uk/info/200068/councillors_elections_and_decisions/1092/the_councils_petitions_scheme

 

Scrutiny Panels - Seven Scrutiny Panels covering different aspects of Council operations, under the control of The Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC), which ensures that the Scrutiny function in Enfield operates smoothly, and organises references from the various panels. Equally important is OSC's role in hearing 'Call Ins'. Decisions made by the Council can be called-in through the Scrutiny process for questioning. OSC can decide whether the original decisions should be reconsidered, upheld or referred to Full Council.

 

The Scrutiny Panel meetings are open to the General Public, they are:

 

Adult Social Services
Childrens Services Panel
Crime and Safety Panel
Environment, Parks and Leisure Panel
Health Panel
Housing Panel
Place Shaping and Enterprise Panel

 

Area Forums - An Area Forum is a public meeting organised by the Council where you have the opportunity to meet and speak to your Ward Councillor and representatives of other local public bodies such as the Metropolitan police. There are seven Area Forums across the borough, each comprising three wards. They meet four times a year.

 

Meeting minutes and agendas are published on the Enfield Council website.
Bush Hill Park, Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill Area Forum here
Cockfosters, Grange and Highlands Area Forum here

 

Local forum dates are published on n21online.com

 

For more information contact Democratic Services on 020 8379 5119 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Consultations, deputations, working parties, scrutiny panels, planning committees - local government is a confusing business. The Democracy Team at the Council are attempting to educate local residents and improve our civic literacy and help us to navigate around Enfield Council's rather clunky website.

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