Town Council Meetings

The Town Council is governed by 12 councillors who meet regularly to debate issues and agree policies for matters that affect the town.

Agenda papers can be found here

Scheduled meeting dates may be found here.  (Please note that meeting dates may sometimes be amended at short notice.)

Public Participation

All meetings are open to the public and begin with 15 minutes of public participation time during which anyone can ask Councillors a question, or make a comment regarding issues facing the town.

There are a number of different meetings:  Click here for all Town Council agenda papers.

Full Council Meeting

Held at 7 p.m. on either the first or second Monday of every month.  The full Council agrees the minutes of all other meetings and all policy recommendations made by Council Committees. Planning applications are also considered at these meetings.

Minutes of full Council meetings can be found here.

Policy and Planning Meetings

As well as addressing matters of policy, at these meetings planning applications are considered and Councillor's comments are sent to Purbeck District Council, whose job it is to determine the applications as the local planning authority.  Planning applications can be viewed online on Purbeck District Council’s planning website via Dorset County Council’s website  

Minutes of policy and planning meetings can be found here.

Committee Meetings

The Council also has five 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 and the Swanage and Purbeck Hospitality Association attend the Tourism Committee.

Recent minutes of these meetings can be accessed by clicking here.

There is also a Beach Management Sub-Committee which reports to the Tourism Committee.