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Get involved at your local area committee

Area committees provide the opportunity for you to give your views and ideas for improving community life in your neighbourhood.

Area committees meet four times a year and there are four areas, representing the fourteen wards of the city.

Area committees have a say in the decision making on the use of developer contributions. Developer contributions give more choice about improvements to community and sports facilities, open spaces and play areas.

Have your say at meetings

Open forum session

You can just turn up and have your say during this session, but notification in advance is also welcome.

Agenda items

Agenda items provide a structured approach for decisions that need to be taken about a range of matters.

If you wish to speak about an item other than planning (see below), try to tell us before the meeting. This allows the chair of the meeting to give you enough time to speak.


You do not have to attend a meeting for the committee to consider what you want to say. You can ask the committee manager to raise an issue on your behalf.

You will then receive a response telling you what can be done, and when.


We welcome public petitions: find out more about our public petition scheme.

How you can make a difference

Area committee funding

Local residents and voluntary groups can apply to their area committee for funding for projects, activities or services.

Activities should benefit local people, especially those whose opportunities are restricted by disability, low income or discrimination.

Councillors decide on grant applications at the meetings in May or June and October or November. Applications that are received too late to take to committee meetings will be considered for any remaining funding.

Find out about grants and funding or email for further information.

Environmental Improvement Programme

The Environmental Improvement Programme funds and delivers schemes that make a lasting and noticeable improvement to local streets and neighbourhoods.