Town Council Meetings
The Town Council is governed by twelve Councillors who meet regularly to debate issues and agree policies for matters that affect the town. Please click on the following links for dates of upcoming meetings, and for copies of agendas:
Schedule of meeting dates for 2016/17
Please note that meeting dates may sometimes be amended at short notice. Any changes will be publicised on the website 'Home' page under 'Latest News', and also on the Town Hall notice board.
Public Participation Time
All meetings are open to the public and begin with fifteen minutes of public participation time during which anyone can ask Councillors a question, or make a comment, regarding items on the agenda. There are a number of different meetings.
For further information please see:
Public Participation Time – Mayoral Statement May 2016
Full Council Meeting
Held at 7.00 p.m. at the Town Hall on the fourth/last Monday of every month. The full Council agrees the minutes of all other meetings and all policy recommendations made by Council Committees. Please click on the following link for copies of Meeting Minutes:
Planning and Consultation Committee Meetings
As well as addressing matters of policy, at these meetings planning applications are considered. Councillors' comments are sent to Purbeck District Council, whose job it is to determine planning applications as the local planning authority.
Planning applications can be viewed online on Dorset County Council’s Dorset for You, via Purbeck District Council's planning application search page.
The Council also has six standing Committees which meet on a regular basis.
These Committees typically have up to eight Councillors as members, although all other Councillors are free to attend and speak, but may not vote. Most Committees also have a number of outside representatives to ensure that relevant bodies are consulted. For example, representatives of the Allotment Association attend the General Operations Committee Meetings, and the Swanage and Purbeck Hospitality Association attend the Tourism Committee Meetings.
There is also a Beach Management Advisory Committee which reports to the Tourism Committee.