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 uses 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 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 (for example: Planning, Licensing, Constitutional and Auditory matters).
The Cabinet Advisory Boards give initial consideration and make recommendations to the Cabinet on matters within their respective terms of reference.
- Communities Cabinet Advisory Board
- Finance & Governance Cabinet Advisory Board
- Planning & Transportation Cabinet Advisory Board
The Council appoints a number of committees to which responsibility for specific functions are delegated.
- Audit and Governance Committee
- Code of Conduct Hearing Panel
- General Purposes Committee
- Joint Transportation Board
- Licensing Committee
- Licensing Sub-Committee
- Overview and Scrutiny Committee
- Planning Committee