Hastings Borough Council

Committee structure

Over the last year, all Council meetings have taken place online to minimise the risk to councillors, staff and the public from COVID 19. From the 7th of May 2021 the Council must again make its decisions in face to face publicly accessible meetings. The council is required by law to completed a risk assessment to ensure that meeting arrangements protect the safety of councillors, staff and the public. These meetings will take place in Muriel Matters House and will be facilitated in a COVID safe maner according to the latest government guidance.

The meetings will look very different and all councillors will still be using TEAMs to stream and record the meeting so that the widest number of people can access the meeting. Given requirements on social distancing there are restrictions on space in our meetings rooms so we would continue to encourage members of the public to watch meetings online (https://www.hastings.gov.uk/my-council/cm/ ) via the Council’s website.

If you do feel you need to attend in person please note places are limited and the public will be admitted approximately fifteen minutes before the start of a meeting on a first come basis via the reception area of Muriel Matters House.

Committees and meetings

Full Council

The Full Council consists of all 32 Councillors and is responsible for the adoption of the corporate plan, budget and for deciding the council’s overall policies.


Full Council meetings are chaired by the Mayor, who is appointed each year at Annual Council.  At the Annual Council meeting, Cabinet members are appointed to their portfolios, the composition of committees for the coming year is agreed and the programme for the year is adopted.


Members of the public may submit a question in writing or by email to the Chief Legal Officer 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.


Full Council meets four times a year.  The meetings are usually held in the Council Chamber, Muriel Matters House and are generally open for the public to attend.  Paper copies of the agenda for Full Council meetings are available on request from Democratic Services


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Executive Committees

Overview and Scrutiny Committees

Regulatory Committees

Standards Committee

Hastings and St Leonards Local Strategic Partnership

Employment Committee