The Full Council consists of all 38 Councillors elected every 4 years; Full Council meetings are chaired by the Chairman of the Council, who is appointed each year at the Annual Council meeting.
All Councillors meet together as the Council on five scheduled times a year. The meetings are usually held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea and are normally open to the public. Here Councillors decide the Council’s overall policies and set the budget each year. At the first Annual Council meeting after the District elections, the Council appoints the Leader of the Council to serve for a term of 4 years. The Leader appoints a Deputy Leader and Members to the Executive (Cabinet) on an annual basis. The Council also agrees the composition of all other committees and appoints the Members thereto at the Annual Meeting.
The Council holds to account the Executive and other Committees of the Council. Periods of up to 30 minutes are allowed for both members of the public and Members of the Council to ask questions of the Executive (Cabinet). Members of the public may submit a question in writing or by email to the Executive Director no later than 5 clear working days before the day of the meeting. Each question must give the name and address of the questioner. At any one meeting no person may submit more than one question and no more than one such question may be asked on behalf of one organisation.