Committee details


Purpose of committee

How the Council operates


The Council is composed of 59 councillors elected every four years.  Councillors are democratically accountable to residents of their ward.  The overriding duty of councillors is to the whole community, but they have a special duty to all their constituents.


Councillors have to agree to follow a code of conduct to ensure  high standards in the way they undertake their duties.  The standards committee trains and advises them on the code of conduct.


All councillors meet together as the Council.  Meetings of the Council are normally open to the public. Arrangements exist for public speaking at meetings. Details can be obtained from the Democratic Services Division (01296) 585807 / 01296 585043. Here councillors decide the Council’s overall policies and set the budget each year.  The Council appoints the cabinet and holds the cabinet and committees to account  It will also hold debates on issues which affect the district generally.



Contact information

Support officer: Bill Ashton; Email:;.

Postal address:
AVDC Council Offices
The Gateway
Gatehouse Road
HP19 8FF

Phone: (01296) 585858


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