Our Constitution sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. It also sets out how residents and other key stakeholders can influence how we operate. Some of these processes are required by law, while others are a matter for the Council to choose.

The Constitution is divided into 13 Sections which set out the basic rules concerning our business as well as more detailed procedures and codes of practice. It explains the rights of citizens and how the key parts of the Council operate.

Please note that the Constitution is periodically republished when updates are made. Sections within the Constitution are updated at different times and indicated as such at the top of the pages of each section. Specific details of the changes made can be found in the revisions document within the Constitution. If you require previous versions of the Constitution please contact Democratic Services.