How we make decisions: committees, meetings and panels

Calling in a decision for review

100 interested people may call-in for review any decision of a Strategic or a Neighbourhood Committee, or the Achieving for Children Joint Committee, other than when they are exercising regulatory functions, within a period of ten working days from the publication of the decision.

  • An interested person is defined as someone who lives, works, studies, or owns a property or business in the borough.
  • Decisions are published within a decision notice, normally on the next working day after the relevant meeting.

To be accepted as valid, a community call-in must be submitted in writing and identify the decision to be called in and the reason(s) for it being called-in.

When a decision is called-in under this process, it shall be referred to a meeting of the Scrutiny Panel for review, together with a statement of the reasons for the matter having been called-in. Implementation of the decision shall be held in abeyance pending the conclusion of the call in process.

The Scrutiny Panel shall consider the call in as soon as possible, and, normally within 15 working days. In doing so it shall provide an opportunity for a representative of the signatories to the call in the opportunity to address the meeting on the subject. The Scrutiny Panel may either uphold the original decision, in which case it has immediate effect, or refer it back to the decision making Committee (or, exceptionally, a meeting of the Full Council) with recommendations for change.