Chelmsford City Council

Cabinet portfolios

We have five Cabinet Members, who are each responsible for different functions within the council.

Connected Chelmsford

The Cabinet Member for Connected Chelmsford is responsible for four areas of council business.

Central services

This includes:

  • our workforce and our duties as an employer
  • the development of customer care objectives and the delivery of associated initiatives
  • our legal, business and democratic services functions, including the Mayoralty but excluding electoral matters

Communications and engagement

This includes:

  • corporate communications, consultation, public relations and information services in connection with our activities
  • the oversight of town centre management
  • community development and the promotion of partnerships with other bodies
  • community engagement, with particular reference to Individual Electoral Registration

Digital services

This relates to the strategic development of information technology and its use to enhance the delivery of our services and strategies.

Museums and culture

This includes: 

  • the provision of entertainment and cultural activities and facilities, including theatres, galleries and special events
  • community and village halls
  • the development and management of arts, cultural and entertainment facilities and services and the award of grants in appropriate cases
  • Museum services

Fairer Chelmsford

The Cabinet Member for Fairer Chelmsford is responsible for three areas of council business.


This includes: 

  • the efficient and effective management of our financial resources, in conjunction with the Director of Financial Services as the designated officer under Section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972
  • the presentation of an annual budget to the Cabinet and Council and making recommendations on the budget process
  • determining the parameters for deciding the level of fees and charges
  • receipt of the Annual Report and Statement of Accounts and the write-off of debts
  • arrangements to consult with representatives of non-domestic ratepayers under Section 65 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992
  • the funding of local voluntary and community groups and projects
  • the efficient and cost-effective procurement of goods and services required by the Council
  • the delivery of a full and effective internal audit function, in consultation with the Audit Committee
  • fraud investigations

Strategic housing

This includes:

  • meeting the housing needs of the City, including the statutory homeless
  • the provision of housing and other advice to the local community
  • promoting partnerships with Registered Social Landlords to secure and effectively manage affordable housing in the City
  • residential and related property retained, whether tenanted or leased to partner organisations
  • monitoring the Stock Transfer Agreement

Land and property

This relates to the land and property we own. This includes our public buildings and all commercial and industrial landholdings. The Cabinet Member holds responsibility for identifying strategic opportunities in relation to the acquisition, disposal and use of land and property.

Greener Chelmsford

The Cabinet Member for Greener Chelmsford is responsible for two areas of council business.

Planning and economic development

This includes:

  • all matters (with the exception of functions relating to town and country planning, development control and tree preservation orders) relating to the physical development of the City. This includes the preparation of supplementary planning guidance, the designation of conservation areas, the removal of permitted development rights, the making of compulsory purchase orders and the designation of clearance areas
  • overseeing the development of housing policy and strategy and development of our enabling role for housing provision
  • assisting with meeting the City’s housing needs
  • transportation policy
  • all building regulations and associated matters
  • economic development, local employment and tourism

Car parking

This relates to the operation of our car parks and resident parking scheme and to oversee all matters relating to parking enforcement.

Safer Chelmsford

The Cabinet Member for Safer Chelmsford is responsible for six areas of council business.

Technical services

This includes:

  • municipal engineering
  • architectural design
  • facilities management
  • building maintenance 
  • residual highways matters 

Community and safety

This includes:

  • the development and management of play facilities and oversight of issues affecting the young people of the City
  • the safety of the community and accident prevention, including emergency planning
  • the aims of the Community Safety Strategy, in partnership with others


This relates to the provision of sporting and leisure facilities, including Hylands House. 


This includes:

  • parks strategy and development
  • open spaces, ground maintenance, horticulture and allotments
  • biodiversity
  • countryways services
  • all matters relating to the cemeteries and crematorium

Waste management and recycling

This includes:

  • strategies on waste collection and recycling
  • overseeing the functions of the our Direct Services Organisation, including the arrangements for waste collection and recycling, street cleansing and works to the highway
  • the operation of Chelmsford market

Miscellaneous functions allocated to the leader

 These functions are:

  • overseeing the performance of the Council, in consultation with the Overview and Scrutiny Committee
  • monitoring of the our major projects to ensure that they are being developed and implemented in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • the preparation and review of the Community Plan and corporate strategies of the Council not primarily the responsibility of other Cabinet members
  • inclusivity matters
  • ensuring compliance with and responding to any external assessment regimes to which we may be subject

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