The Executive is the main decision-making body
of the Council. It comprises up to ten councillors from the ruling
political party, including the person chosen by that party to be
Council Leader. The Leader chairs the meetings. The other Executive
members (or Portfolio Holders as they are sometimes called) each
have a responsibility for a particular area (portfolio) which
includes highways, transport, planning, environment, housing,
children and young people, education, communities, finance, health
and wellbeing. The portfolio for each member can be obtained by
clicking on the names in the membership list below.
The Executive meets in public usually every
six weeks in the Council Chamber, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD.
Although the majority of decisions are made in public, some items
may need to be discussed in private (these are known as Part II
Exempt Items or confidential items). The Executive is responsible
for taking ‘key decisions’. These are decisions that
affect two or more wards and decisions that will have a significant
impact on the Council’s budget.
Members of the public can attend Executive
meetings and those living or working in West Berkshire can submit
questions to the Executive and also present petitions (see
Asking a question at a meeting).
5 Constitution - Executive Rules of Procedure