Cambridgeshire is a county in eastern England. It is made up of seven districts including Cambridge, Peterborough, Huntingdon, North East Cambridgeshire, North West Cambridgeshire, South Cambridgeshire, and South East Cambridgeshire. The administrative center or ‘county town” is Cambridge.
The Cambridgeshire County Council manages almost all of the inner workings of the district. These functions include social services, education, fire and public safety, waste management, transport, libraries, trading standards, housing, and planning. Because the council has so many functions, it is a large employer in the area.
A council is made up of elected members. 69 councilors make up the Cambridgeshire Council. The Chairman of the council is Councillor Sebastian Kindersley, Each councilor is an elected representative from one of the districts of Cambridgeshire. Members belong to several different political parties.Council decisions are made at meetings and all meetings are open to the public. All issues are voted upon by a committee that is comprised of 17 councilors and some qualified citizens. If a unanimous decision can’t be made the Chairman has final say so on the topic.
A monthly record of key decisions is published. This record is called the forward plan and it has to be published at least 28 days before any of the decisions within the plan can take place. Any documents or other information that has any relevance toward any decision must be included in the plan.
There are many upcoming issues that will be addressed or decided by the council and its members. Some of these items include the allocation of highway and infrastructure budget, school reviews and budgeting, and waste management procedure reviews.
From Cambridge to Peterborough, the council is key to the structure and function of Cambridgeshire. Information on every issue that the council handles can be found on the council website at www4.cambridgeshire.gov.uk along with many other resources. Providing one-stop service to citizens, you can use council resources to find information on housing, jobs, education, childcare, volunteering, and many other topics.Read More