Area committee meetings provide an opportunity for residents to talk to ward councillors about the local area.
Area committee meetings will be paused for six months from the end of 2023. This is so we can consider whether there may be more engaging ways for councillors to hear community issues. A report back on emerging ideas and options is due to Civic Affairs Committee in July 2024.
There are four area committees in Cambridge:
- East Area Committee for Coleridge, Romsey, Petersfield and Abbey wards
- North Area Committee for Chesterton, Kings Hedges and Arbury wards
- South Area Committee for Cherry Hinton, Trumpington and Queen Edith’s wards
- West Central Area Committee for Castle, Market and Newnham wards
Our ward map can help you work out which area committee is most suitable.
The agenda for each meeting will be published about a week before the meeting, where you will be able to see what topics will be discussed.
Residents are welcome to attend to talk to your local councillors.
In addition to Cambridge city councillors and council officers, meetings will often be attended by county councillors for the wards and representatives from partner organisations and community groups.
For example, police representatives will be present twice a year to discuss key issues specific to the area committees which members of the public can take part in the discussion and have their say.
Ask a question
You are welcome to put forward questions to be answered at the meeting.
You can email us to ask a question ahead of the event or during the meeting or register to take part virtually.
You can watch the meetings online. Find the link to watch any area meeting you are interested in by visiting the meetings calendar.
Select the link for the meeting or date you want to watch, and on the page for that individual meeting, the link to watch the meeting on YouTube is provided at the bottom of the page.
During the pandemic, councillors decided to hold area committee meetings online. We believe that continuing to hold the meetings online will make it easier for you to take part, particularly when you might have reservations about attending meetings in person.
Area committee funding
Groups of local residents or voluntary groups can apply to our area committees for funding for projects, activities or services.
The priorities for Area Committee Community Grants specifically focus on reducing social and economic inequality for disadvantaged residents. Projects or activities should benefit a specific community or people living in a particular area. Councillors decide on grant applications once per year, at an area committee meeting in the spring.
Find out more on area committee funding.