The Council's Constitution and Standing Orders direct how the Council and its Committees operate. This is available here. The Council also is regulated by its financial regulations. At Christchurch Town Council we have 3 Committees that work under our Full Council. You can find out what they are and what they do below:

Resources Committee

Receive financial statements on the Council’s accounts; 

The preparation of the Annual Accounts; 

Grants to outside bodies; 

The fixing of charges and rents and fees taking in to account recommendations from Council or other Committees; 

The instruction and authorisation and negotiation of land transactions; 

Preparation of any leases and the heads of terms for such leases; 

The overview and management of any insurance provision required of the Town council; 

The overview and management of any office equipment and furniture required by the Town council; 

The management and maintenance of the Council’s buildings; 

The management and performance of the Council’s staff including annual appraisal of the Clerk and recommendations to Council as appropriate; 

Matters relating to salaries and pensions of the Council’s staff; 

Assigning co-signatories to the Council’s Bank accounts and updating as and when required. 

  1. To receive the Town Clerk’s report on the position of the Council’s account at least once per cycle; 
  2. To oversee and recommend to Council any changes to the Council’s annual budget concerning the Terms of Reference of the Committee; 
  3. To consider and determine applications for grant aid; 
  4. To fix charges for services, licences and fees within the purview of the committee taking into account recommendations from Council or other Committees; 
  5. To fix rents for any premises under the control of the committee; 
  6. To negotiate land transactions on behalf of the Council including the content of leases; 
  7. To be responsible for all of the Council’s insurance matters; 
  8. To be responsible for the repair and maintenance of all the Council’s built assets, fixtures and fittings with the exception of any shelters upon open space/recreational land which falls within the purview of Community Committee; 
  9. To deal with the Council’s Human Resources including matters relating to staff such as performance, salaries and pensions, as well as hiring and dismissal and make recommendations to Council as necessary. 

Community Committee

The supervision and management of the Town Council’s: 

Recreation grounds, Open spaces & allotments and land interests.

The furtherance and pursuit of health and well-being by co-operation with local sports clubs and associations with leisure, recreational and past-time activities as part of its cause; 

The advancement of the present recreational facilities available; 

The promotion of the arts and heritage across the Town; 

The oversight and management of large external events held upon Town Council land and the grant of licences accordingly; 

The exercise of statutory functions relating to nominations of assets of community value, Town Greens and those discretionary powers outside the terms of reference of the Planning and Regulatory Committee; 

Matter relating specifically to Druitt Gardens and Hall. 

  1. To be responsible for the supervision and management of the Town Council’s recreation grounds and open spaces; 
  2. To be responsible for the supervision and management of the Town Council’s allotments and land interests; 
  3. To liaise with external organisations, and other local authorities responsible for providing sport and recreation; 
  4. To be responsible for the advancement and maximisation of the use of the Town Council’s recreational offering; 
  5. To promote and encourage an expansion of sport and leisure activities within the community 
  6. To promote and encourage the arts and conservation and heritage of the Town; 
  7. To recommend to Resources Committee any changes required in terms of the management and supervision of the Town Council’s recreation grounds, open spaces and allotments, including personnel; 
  8. To oversee and recommend to Council any changes to the Council’s annual budget concerning the Terms of Reference of the Committee; 
  9. To liaise and promote the holding of events upon Town Council property and oversee any application process for large external events including the grant or otherwise of a licence to hold the event; 
  10. To recommend to Resources Committee charges, rates and fees for services within the purview of the Committee. 

Planning & Regulatory Committee

Planning recommendations (objections, approvals or neutral) to the Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Unitary Council (the “Unitary Council”); 

The consideration of comment and participation in planning appeals (inclusive of all planning related matters such as enforcement, tree works consent, compulsory purchase or otherwise within the remit of the Planning Acts and associated regulations); 

The recommendation to the Unitary Council of the issue of formal Notices concerning enforcement, as well as notices such as section 215 notices (untidy land notices) not considered “enforcement” by the 1990 Act; 

Highway, footpath and waterway matters; 

To monitor traffic management through the town and its environs and make the necessary recommendations as appropriate; 

To monitor Tree Preservation Orders and those trees within Conservation Areas as defined; 

To monitor Christchurch Town Council’s Conservation Areas and issues relating to such; 

To monitor tourism and employment across the town; 

To monitor the tidiness of the Town; 

To encourage conservation and environmental protection and the furtherance of bio-diversity across the Town and its environs; 

Matters relating to the Licensing Act 2003 and associated Regulations, as well as those Acts which deal with environmental protection inclusive of air quality, pest control, pollution control and statutory nuisances inclusive of litter. 

  1. To comment on all planning applications and associated applications including those related to listed buildings and conservation areas, advertisements, trees, and so on. To delegate to the Town clerk as necessary to comment upon any application before the Unitary Council which is placed before a Committee or otherwise of the Unitary Council for its consideration within the terms of the comment as resolved by the Committee. Such delegation may direct the Town Clerk to appear in person before the Committee of the Unitary Council to present the Town Council’s comments; 
  2. To recommend the service of any statutory notice under the Planning Acts or associated primary and secondary legislation including matters relating to enforcement, compulsory purchase and so on; 
  3. To respond on behalf of the Council to planning appeals and the consideration of whether the Town Council should appear in person at an appeal; 
  4. To oversee and recommend to Council any changes to the Council’s annual budget concerning the Terms of Reference of the Committee; 
  5. To liaise with other agencies on matters concerning roads, footpaths and waterways; 
  6. To monitor on behalf of the Council the tidiness of the town; 
  7. To be responsible for the Conservation Area issues in the town; 
  8. To liaise with statutory undertakers and local authorities on matters relating to their own street furniture, signage, building structures and public seating; 
  9. To be responsible to the Council for any action in respect of conservation and environmental protection; 
  10. To assist other agencies with the promotion of tourism and employment across the town, including but not limited to signage; 
  11. To be responsible for the Town Council’s public lighting; 
  12. To make representations where appropriate to the Unitary Council in matters concerning the Licensing Act 2003 and other regulatory Acts.