Each neighbourhood has its own committee which is responsible for local issues, such as:
- planning applications
- parks and open spaces
- local libraries
The committee has a Neighbourhood Discretionary Fund, used to fund projects which improve the wellbeing of the community.
Neighbourhood committees make it easier for local people to influence the decisions that affect them. Meetings are held in local venues, so that residents can come to meetings, ask questions, present petitions and give their views on the issues that the committee is looking at. Final decisions are made by your local councillors.
The neighbourhood system means that local services can be tailored to the area and helps the Council address different priorities in different parts of the borough. All councillors from the local area are members of their neighbourhood committee, which is usually chaired by a councillor from the party with most members on the committee.