About the Council:
St Ives Town Council operates at the most local level of local government, with 16 Councillors elected for a term of four years who will now hold office until May 2017 and who work for the town and surrounding areas in a voluntary capacity.
The Councillors are supported by a team of staff, headed by the Town Clerk.
St Ives Town Council works to fulfil its duties and also to everything within its powers to maintain and improve the quality of life for residents and the functioning of the town and surrounding area to benefit businesses, the local economy and the many visitors to the area throughout the year.
St Ives Town Council conducts its main business through committees which meet regularly, along with the Devolution Panel and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group:
- Planning Committee – decides the Town Council’s responses to consultation on planning and licensing applications.
- Resources Committee – deals with the Council’s finances, resources (including staffing and property), communications and community grants.
- Community & Environment Committee – responsible for community buildings (including Guildhall and Public Conveniences), traffic, parking, footpaths, open spaces, allotments, community safety & emergency planning, waste / recycling, St Ives in Bloom, seagull nuisance.
- Staffing Committee – responsible for staffing matters
- Visitor & Information Committee - responsible for the operation of the Visitor & Information Centre, also covers wider tourism related matters.
- Devolution Panel - responsible for negotiating the devolution of services and facilities from Cornwall Council to St Ives Town Council
- Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group - responsible for determining the direction and operation of the Neighbourhood Plan process
- Health and Safety Advisory Committee - Health and Safety policies, implementation and review.
- The Council meets on a six weekly basis to deal with statutory business and to ratify the recommendations of the committees.
There are a number Civic and Mayoral functions each year, as well as community events and projects that the Council organises.