Please click on the links below for agendas, minutes and further information on the following meetings:

Full Town Council Meetings

General Terms of Reference (applicable to all Committees)

Committees

Calendar of Meetings 2012/13

Town Council's Standing Orders

Town Council's Financial Regulations

 

TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS

The full Town Council of all 16 Councillors meets once a month on a Monday at 7.00 pm in the Community Room at the Town Clerk's Office in Church Lane, where access for the disabled is available (see Calendar of Meetings 2012/13 for dates)

The Press and Public are welcome to attend all Council meetings and the Public may put questions or make statements on any matter in the public session at the beginning of each meeting, which is restricted to 15 minutes.

If, after discussion of an Agenda item, the Council decides that a Working Group should be formed to look at the matter in more detail then the membership and the remit of the Group will be agreed by the Council. The membership of the Group can also include people who are not Councillors, but who have knowledge or expertise relevant to the subject matter.

Town Council Agendas are set by the Town Clerk in liaison with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Council. However any Councillor can request any item to be put on the Agenda. This can be done informally either through the Town Clerk or Chairman, or formally, by means of a motion, as per the Town Council's Standing Orders (the Council's operating rules and regulations).  

The Minutes of the Town Council meetings are usually available 4 working days following the meeting. They are not a verbatim account of the Meeting but detail decisions reached and record the voting. Minutes are available to the Public either via this website (see button below), or at the Town Clerk's office, or the Library. They are also circulated to the various local media organisations so that they can report on the issues via newspapers and radio.

Once a decision has been passed by the Council and a course of action identified, the work is organised and/or carried out by the Town Council's Executive Officer, the Town Clerk, and his team of staff.

AGENDA MINUTES

 

General Terms of Reference (applicable to all Committees)

 

Please note it is sometimes unavoidable that meeting dates need to be changed at short notice. Please check this web site or contact the Town Clerk's Office to confirm a meeting date.

 

FOR THE AGENDAS, MINUTES AND REMITS OF THE TOWN COUNCIL'S FOUR COMMITTEES PLEASE SEE BELOW:

 

 

COMMITTEES

The services that the Town Council provides are split into four committees each with a Chairman who has the responsibility of bringing the business from each of these areas to the full Council meetings. Click on the tabs to access detailed information about each committee.

Recreation & Amenities Committee

Town Council Planning

Town & General Purposes Committee

Finance & Staffing

 

 

RECREATION & AMENITIES (R&A;)

Chairman - Cllr Lynn Lindsay

This area of the Council's work deals with the management of all Council properties and buildings (as listed below).  It also deals with all matters relating to recreation and amenities as they affect the town and residents of Blandford, including hire charges for Council venues, terms and conditions for Sports Clubs, the Cemetery and the Allotments. 

RECREATION GROUNDS, GARDENS, OPEN SPACES, CEMETERY
Park Road Recreation Ground and car park
Larksmead Recreation Ground and car park
Langton Road Amenity Area 
Cemetery Grounds and car park
Cemetery Field
Parish Church Grounds
Allotments (self managed administration)
Woodhouse Gardens
Dr Davis's Memorial Area
Larksmead Equipped Children's Play Area
Park Road Equipped Children's Play Area
Langton Road Equipped Children's Play Area
Bowling Club Grounds (mainly self-managed)
MUNICIPAL AND OTHER BUILDINGS, COMMUNITY HALLS, ETC
Corn Exchange & Shambles
Town Hall
Council Chamber
Town Clerk's Office and Community Room
Larksmead Pavilion
Woodhouse Garden Pavilion
Bowling Clubhouse
Blandford Cemetery Chapel and Store
Cemetery Cottage
Cricket Club Pavilion
Football Club Pavilion

R&A Agenda

R&A Minutes

R&A Remit

 

TOWN & GENERAL PURPOSES (T&GP)

Chairman - Cllr Jackie Stayt

This area of the Council's work deals with the all matters relating to and touching upon the town of Blandford Forum, which do not fall under Recreation & Amenities or Finance.

SUBJECTS 
Rights of Way
Christmas Lights in conjunction with the Chamber of Trade
Roundabouts
Town Signs
Tourism
Council Web Site
Community History Book
Flower Displays/Planting Programme
Town Benches
Notice Boards
Town Twinning
  Redundant Railway Arches
  The Old Bath House

CONSULTATIVE AND LOBBYING ASPECTS
Waiting Restrictions/Car Parking/Speed Limits
Transport and highway issues including Dorset County Council's Transport Plan
Economic Development
Ward & Town Boundaries
Traffic/Highway Matters
Town Housing Policy (including town infrastructure provision)
Environmental Issues
Policing & Crime Prevention
Cycling Facilities
Street names and signs
Bypass Signage
Taxi Ranks
Markets
Government consultation papers

T&GP Agenda

T&GP Minutes

T&GP Remit

 

 

FINANCE & STAFFING

Chairman - Cllr Steve Hitchings

This area covers all matters relating to Council's finances and the efficient and effective management of its resources.

Staffing, as its name suggests, is responsible for all staff related matters and Health and Safety issues. 

RESOURCES
Land
Property
Financial Reserves
Manpower

COUNCIL OFFICES AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Financial, administrative and full Council support services
Public reception and venues booking service
Mayoral and civic events

 

Chairman - Cllr Bob Brannigan

The full Council meets monthly to discuss essentially only planning applications and related subjects. It has authority to discuss/debate and record Town Council observations on planning applications and relay such observations direct to the appropriate Planning Authority in time for these to be taken into account by the Planning Authority in its decision making process.

 

 

Planning Agenda

 

Planning Minutes

 

Planning Remit