How decisions are made
A meeting of all 75 elected councillors is known as Full Council. This is where big decisions about the Council’s budget and overall policies are taken. There’s normally 5 Full Council meetings throughout the year.
These meetings take place in County Hall in Chelmsford and are open to the public. At the first Full Council meeting after a county election, councillors vote to elect a Leader of the Council.
The Full Council also elect an impartial Chairman, who makes sure Full Council meetings are run properly, and represents the Council at events and special occasions. You can find out more about the role on the Chairman's blog.