Town Council cuts meetings to boost its efficiency
and Highbridge town councillors are to reduce the number of meetings
they hold as part of a bid to increase their efficiency.
The re-think comes after a record 85 committee meetings were held
during 2012, prompting a vote at Monday's full council meeting
where it was agreed the frequency will be scaled back.
Ken Smout told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We want to reduce the
frequency of meetings and also reduce the paperwork and workload
on the council office, thereby improving efficiency while making
better use of the time of officers and councillors."
Town Council meetings will now be held only 10 times a year instead
of monthly, with no gatherings during the quiet months of January
and August. Other committees will also meet less often, except
the planning applications committee which will continue to be
held every three weeks.
Phil Harvey said: "For a council of such a small size, we
have been holding a lot of meetings, especially when you consider
that many larger councils than us hold fewer meetings with smaller
committees. I am all in favour of a reduction."
proposals were also approved by Conservative group leader Peter
Burridge-Clayton and independent group leader Cllr Chris Williams.