How decisions are made

Find out about decision making, council meetings, committees and our constitution

Full Council

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.