Dorchester Town Council
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How our meetings work

The full Town Council of all 20 councillors meets every 2 months. It considers recommendations from committees and motions put forward  by a councillor for discussion on a matter of public concern.  Sometimes extraordinary meetings are held to discuss major issues affecting the town.

The agendas for all Council and committee meetings are managed by the Town Clerk and his staff and will include new issues for consideration, follow up reports or actions from previous meetings and standing items such as planning applications and financial reporting.

Each agenda item is discussed and voted on by the Councillors, although most decisions are reached by consensus without the need for a formal vote. The decisions reached are recorded in the minutes which are available for inspection by press and public; copies are available 4 days after the meeting from the clerk.

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

Please note it is very occassionally unavoidable that meeting dates need to be changed at short notice. Please check this web site or contact the Town Council Offices to confirm a meeting date.