Committees

Fylde Council operates a committee system style of governance of an Executive Committee and two Scrutiny Committees together with regulatory committees and Council. The Executive Committee has full delegated authority to take decisions within the parameters set by Council. However, Full Council retains the ability to exercise its authority in any matter relating to the council’s functions.

For information about public speaking at Planning Committee, Executive Committee or asking questions at Council, please click here or follow the Public Speaking Arrangements tab above.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

If you require access to agendas and minutes from committees prior to 2015 or from the programme committees from 2015 to 2023 please refer to the Former Committees option under the Committees tab at the top of the page.

Joint Committee

Fylde Council has, with the neighbouring authorities of Blackpool and Wyre, formed a joint committee, know as the Economic Prosperity Board, to consider strategic economic development across the Fylde Coast. The decision to form the joint committee was made at the Council meeting on 4 December 2017. Details of the meetings can be found further down this page.

Fylde Borough Council and Committees

Audit and Governance Committee

The committee’s overarching purpose is to provide an independent and high-level focus on the adequacy of governance, risk and control arrangements. Its role in ensuring there is sufficient assurance over governance, risk and control gives greater confidence to all those charged with governance that those arrangements are effective. The committee has oversight of both internal and external audit, together with the financial and governance reports, helping to ensure there are adequate arrangements in place for both internal challenge and public accountability. From May 2023 Standards matters will be dealt with by the Standards Committee.

Chief Officers Employment Committee

This committee has responsibility for the appointment of the head of paid service, the statutory chief officers and non-statutory chief officers. It also has responsibility for disciplinary action against and dismissal of those officers.

Community Focus Scrutiny Committee

The Council has two Scrutiny committees. Each Scrutiny committee is an overview and scrutiny committee within the meaning of the Local Government Act 2000. The Community Focus Scrutiny Committee is the crime and disorder committee for the purposes of the Police and Justice Act 2006. All overview and scrutiny functions are within the remit of all of the committees, but each committee has a number of work areas on which it normally focuses.

Council

Council is the ultimate policy making body for Fylde Borough Council. For information on asking a question at a Council meeting see "Public Speaking at Council Meetings" in the Documents and Information section. Please note that special meetings of the Council will not usually be webcast.

Executive Committee

The Committee has full delegated authority to take decisions on behalf of the council on any matter, other than a decision which: (i) is required by law to be taken by a meeting of the council; (ii) is required by law to be taken by another committee, or in any other way inconsistent with delegation to the Executive Committee; (iii) the constitution expressly or impliedly reserves to a different decision-maker; or (iv) the council or a scrutiny committee has directed should not be taken by the Committee. The Committee has appointed a number of Lead Members with a specific area of responsibility. They ensure that corporate priorities are delivered, they act as an advisor to lead officers, and report regularly on progress to both the Executive Committee and Council. They will appear before and respond to Overview and Scrutiny committees, and represent the council at national and local level. The details of the areas of responsibility for Lead Members can be seen below.

Internal Affairs Scrutiny Committee

The Council has two Scrutiny committees. Each Scrutiny committee is an overview and scrutiny committee within the meaning of the Local Government Act 2000. All overview and scrutiny functions are within the remit of all of the committees, but each committee has a number of work areas on which it normally focuses.

Licensing Committee

This committee has responsibility for all licensing functions under the Licensing Act 2003 and all functions under part 8 of the Gambling Act 2005 except those that by virtue of section 154 cannot be delegated.

Licensing Panel Hearings

Membership of the Licensing Panels is drawn from members of the Licensing Committee. Panels consist of three members. The Panels, like the Licensing Committee, do not need to be politically balanced.

Planning Committee

This committee is responsible for the determining of planning applications and planning enforcement action. For information on speaking at this committee see "Public Speaking at Council Meetings" in the Documents and Information section. Please note that public speaking is only permitted in regards to planning applications.

Public Protection Committee

This committee has responsibility for the hearing of staff appeals, the issuing of taxi licenses and caravan site licenses, powers in regards to noise, food production, food storage, pet shops, fireworks and storage of other dangerous substances.

Standards Commitee

The overall purpose of the committee is to promote and maintain the highest ethical standards and conduct by councillors. The committee is responsible for overseeing a locally based system for assessment of complaints that a member may have breached the Code of Conduct, and for conducting any related hearings.

Joint Committee

Economic Prosperity Board

The Board (or joint committee) comprises of the leaders of the three constituent councils (Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool), with partners (co-opted members) from the private sector. Such an arrangement will deliver effective oversight on the work being undertaken in the Enterprise Zones, political interface and accountability on strategic policy areas for the Fylde coast and the link with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership. The administration of the Board will rotate on an annual basis between the three councils. In its first year Wyre will lead on the administration of the Board, but the agendas and minutes of all meetings will be published on all three council websites. Meetings will be convened and conducted in accordance with the Local Government Acts 1972 and 2000 and under the Local Authorities (Arrangement for the Discharge of Functions) (England) Regulations 2012 and as such the meetings are open to the public unless confidential or exempt information, as defined in the Local Government Act 1972, is being discussed.