The Council is composed of 48 councillors representing 20 wards, with one-third elected three years in four. Councillors are democratically accountable to residents of their ward but have a duty to the whole community.
The Council upholds the Constitution and sets the budget and framework within which its committees must operate.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council operates under executive arrangements, also known as the ‘Leader and Cabinet’ model. The Full Council elects the Leader and the Leader appoints their Cabinet from amongst the members of the Council.
The Cabinet is collectively responsible for all executive functions within the budget and framework adopted by the Council. The remit of the Cabinet is extensive and includes most matters which are not reserved to Full Council or expressly delegated to other bodies. In addition, the Leader and members of the Cabinet have oversight and may make decisions about certain functions within their portfolio. See the Cabinet page for more information.
The Cabinet’s three Advisory Boards give back-bench members and the public an opportunity to influence and give advice on decisions to be made by Cabinet. Each Advisory Board will give initial consideration and make recommendations on matters within their respective terms of reference.
- Communities and Economic Development Cabinet Advisory Board
- Finance and Governance Cabinet Advisory Board
- Planning and Transportation Cabinet Advisory Board
The Council appoints a number of committees to which responsibility for specific functions are delegated.
- Audit and Governance Committee
- General Purposes Committee
- Licensing Committee
- Licensing Sub-Committee
- Overview and Scrutiny Committee
- Planning Committee
The Council also has a number of non-decision making groups who give advice or are consulted on matters that are to be decided by other committees.