The Town Council conducts the majority of business through a structure of five Committees and the Rock Park Trust, meeting on a regular basis throughout the year. All Council and Committee meetings are open to the public and the agendas and minutes of meetings are published on the website.
Members of the public may speak for up to three minutes per person at meetings, regarding items which are on that meeting agenda. A total of 15 minutes per meeting is allocated for public speaking.
Any queries or comments regarding items not on the meeting agenda cannot be discussed and should be put in writing to the Town Clerk.
Finance and General Purposes Committee – deals with matters including finance, auditing, policies, Ceremonial, Civic and Special events, the annual fair, award of annual community grants, provision of Notice Boards and accommodation.
Environment Committee – deals with matters including highway verges, the Square and other planted areas, footpaths, healthy living and associated wellbeing matters, public realm, environmental volunteering and community initiatives, floral displays and management of allotments.
Heritage, Culture and Community Committee – deals with matters including the use of St Anne’s Art’s and Community Centre, the Albert Clock and the Guildhall. Maintaining and promoting the heritage and culture of Barnstaple, community engagement and links with community organisations.
Planning and Transportation Committee – considers planning applications and transport matters within the Town. All comments and requests are forwarded to North Devon Council as the Planning Authority for a final decision.
Staff Committee – comprises six Town Councillors and deals with matters including recruitment and retention of staff, training, conditions of service, disciplinary and Grievance matters and Health and Safety of staff.
The Rock Park Trust – deals with matters including the Park, the Kiosk and Lodge,
The Annual Town Meeting, held each March, provides an opportunity for residents to come and find out more about what the Town Council does and to ask questions of their Councillors.