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The Town Council meets on 2nd Wednesday of the months of June, July, September, November, January and March. Meetings are held at 7.30pm. The Annual Council Meeting is held at 7.00pm on the third Wednesday in May each year, a week after the Annual Town Meeting.
The most significant decisions, such as setting the Town Council’s precept (local council tax), are taken by Full Council (comprising all 16 Councillors). However, to help run council business more effectively, Felixstowe Town Council has given delegated authority to its Committees to take responsibility for the management of certain key areas of business.
Finance & General Purposes Committee
The Finance & General Purposes Committee meets at 7.30pm on the fourth Wednesday in May, July, September, November, January and March. This Committee monitors the Council’s finances, considers policy & governance and other general matters.
Assets & Services Committee
The Assets & Services Committee meets at 7.30pm on the first 1st Wednesday in the months of June, September, November, February and April. This Committee manages and monitors the provision of Council’s assets and services such as its halls, allotments and cemetery.
Civic & Community Committee
The Civic & Community Committee meets at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of the months of June, September, October, December, February and April. This Committee meets to consider civic functions, community engagement, partnership working and grants.
Planning & Environment Committee
The Planning & Environment Committee meets fortnightly on Wednesdays at 9.15am. This Committee meets to consider and make comments on local planning applications to the planning authority – Suffolk Coastal District Council.
The Personnel Committee meets at 6pm on the second Wednesday in October and April and considers matters relevant to Council’s staff.
Annual Town Meeting
Felixstowe’s Annual Town Meeting is held at 7.00pm on the second Wednesday in May each year. This is not a meeting of the Town Council but rather a meeting of the Electors of the Parish of Felixstowe. However, it is hosted by the Town Council and will usually be chaired by the Mayor.
Highways Advisory Committee
The Highways Advisory Committee meets twice a year in September and March to discuss local highways matters with representatives from Suffolk County Council.
The Appeals Committee meets when necessary to consider any grievance and disciplinary matters which are unable to be resolved by Personnel Committee.
Issues that require further focus or expertise may be delegated to Working Parties set up by Council or one of its Committees. These act in an advisory capacity only and make recommendations to Council or Committee. Working Group meetings are not usually open to the public.