How decisions are made

Full Council appoints the Leader. The Leader appoints members to the Executive. The Executive makes the key decisions concerning the services we deliver.

Executive members

Each member of the Executive has a portfolio of services for which they are responsible.

See the Council Constitution, which sets out how we operate, how we make decisions and the procedures that we follow to ensure that decisions are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.

Portfolios and portfolio holders

The Council Leader's Portfolio - Strategic and Community Leadership

Portfolio holder: Council Leader - Councillor Virginia Taylor

The Leader has responsibility for achieving the Council's priority of a Quality Council and the delivery of our corporate priorities.

Portfolio of responsibilities:

  • Strategic direction of the Council and the Council Plan.
  • Strategic leadership.
  • Transformation.
  • External relations.
  • Executive oversight.
  • Strategic partnerships.
  • Ensuring a balanced budget with the Resources Portfolio Holder.
  • Emergency planning and business continuity.
  • Responsibility for achieving the Council's priority of a 'Quality Council' and the delivery of the Corporate Priorities.
  • Council communications.
  • Representing the Council on SPARSE (the Rural Services Network).

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Communities Portfolio

Portfolio holder: Councillor Lissie Sharp

Portfolio of responsibilities:

  • Neighbourhood planning.
  • Liaison and Town and Parish Councils.
  • The distribution of the Community Fund.
  • Community engagement and empowerment.
  • Sports and recreation
  • Leisure, the arts and cultural services
  • Community safety, crime and disorder.
  • Rural issues.
  • Children and young people.
  • Parks and open spaces.
  • Working with the Third Sector.
  • Older person services.
  • Armed forces covenant.
  • Service Innovation Board.

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Commercial Services Portfolio

Portfolio holder: Deputy Leader of the Council - Councillor Mary Robinson

Portfolio of responsibilities:

  • Economic strategy.
  • Economic vitality and development.
  • Employment within the district.
  • The promotion of apprenticeships.
  • Relations with businesses.
  • The implementation of broadband and communication facilities and services within the district.
  • Town centres.
  • Markets.
  • Tourism and tourist information centres.
  • The vitality and viability of the market towns and rural areas in the district.
  • Sports and recreation.
  • Leisure, the arts and cultural services.
  • Land and asset management.
  • Income generation.

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Eden Development Portfolio

Portfolio holder: Councillor Mark Rudhall

Portfolio of responsibilities:

  • Investment in Eden.
  • Projects.
  • Major employment development.
  • The local plan.
  • Relations with education provides in the district.
  • Stakeholder relationships.
  • Oversight of complaints.
  • Office accommodation delivery and provision.
  • Relationships with Chamber of Trade.

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Housing and Health Portfolio

Portfolio holder: Councillor Judith Derbyshire

Portfolio of responsibilities:

  • The delivery of the strategic housing function.
  • The delivery of the Council's role as the local housing authority and well-being agenda.
  • Housing grants.
  • Housing provision within the district and the delivery of the decent homes standard.
  • Relations with registered social landlords (RSLs) and housing providers.
  • The consideration of housing need in the district.
  • Environmental health and food safety.
  • Relationships with Environment Agency/DEFRA.
  • Climate change.
  • Renewable energy/hard to heat homes.
  • Public health agenda.
  • Delivery of the Decent Homes for All.

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Services Portfolio

Portfolio holder: Councillor Michael Tonkin

Portfolio of responsibilities:

  • Waste collection and recycling.
  • Joint working with the County Council and other authorities on waste.
  • Flooding and resilience planning.
  • Devolution of functions to Town and Parish Councils.
  • Street cleansing and ground maintenance.
  • Environment agenda (cleaner and greener).
  • Responsibility for the delivery of the priority of a Quality Environment.
  • Environmental sustainability and well-being.
  • Cemeteries.
  • Public Toilets.
  • Footway lighting.
  • Transport and Car Parking.

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Resources Portfolio

Portfolio holder: Councillor Karen Greenwood

Portfolio of responsibilities:

  • Financial management and planning, including ensuring a balanced budget shared with the Leader.
  • Financial services.
  • Revenues and benefits.
  • The organisational structure and management process of the Council.
  • Human resources.
  • The management of succession.
  • Supporting the delivery of the 'Quality Council' priority, particularly in relation to financial services.
  • Procurement and procurement strategy.
  • Data protection and freedom of information.
  • Policy on general fund reserves.
  • Oversight of establishing other methods of service delivery (including commercial entities).
  • Customer services.
  • Regulatory and Licensing Policy.
  • Legal.
  • Democratic Services.
  • Equality and diversity.
  • Staff and member training.
  • Office accommodation resource implications.
  • Information technology

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Executive and portfolio holders' decisions

View the Executive and portfolio holders' decisions.

Officer delegated decisions

See our officer delegated decisions to find out more. We have six officers who can make delegated decisions.

Address allocation decisions or amendments

View address allocation decisions or amendments.

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