Ashford Borough Council makes vital decisions which affect all residents and visitors, from council tax rates and planning to street cleaning and housing.
This section of the website contains information about how those decisions are arrived at, how the council is structured, how councillors are elected, committees, budgets, meetings and contact details for your elected representatives.
Formed in 1974, the council has 43 elected councillors from 35 wards. Elected councillors serve for a four year term. The regular election of councillors is held on the first Thursday in May every four years; the last election was held in 2015, with a snap election held in May 2017.
The term of office for a councillor starts on the fourth day after they are elected and finishes on the fourth day after the date of the next regular election.
Since 2001, the council has operated under an Executive and Leader system (called Cabinet and Leader at Ashford Borough Council since May 2011).
Full council sets the budget, the council tax and the policy framework within which all decisions must be made. The council also chooses the council Leader, who then chooses his/her own Cabinet committee.
Details of the Cabinet and their respective Portfolios can be found on our dedicated Cabinet page.
The Leader of the Council is Cllr. G D Clarkson.
Ashford Borough Council has a constitution which sets out how the council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.
The schedule of key decisions contains details of key decisions to be taken by the council's Cabinet, together with the details of the documents submitted for consideration.
The Kent Code of Conduct was adopted on 19 July 2012. Councillors are required to complete a notification of disclosable pecuniary interests form, the details of which will be published on the council's website and open to public inspection.
The public has always had the right to attend meetings of the council and it's committees to listen to the debate. A public participation scheme is in place to enhance people's ability to contribute to the democratic process.
For more information email Member Services or telephone on 01233 330564.