Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution

Below are the articles of the Constitution.

5.01       The Chair and Vice-Chair will be elected by the full Council annually.  The role and function of the Chair and, in their absence, the Vice-Chair, is set out below. 

Note: The Chair of the Council, at the beginning of their term of office, may choose to indicate how they wish to be addressed, according to personal preference.

5.02     The Chair’s civic role

The Chair of the Council is the civic leader of Gloucestershire and will act as an ambassador for the people of Gloucestershire and the county as a whole.  To this end, they will undertake civic, community and ceremonial activities to help foster community identity and pride. 

5.03    The formal responsibilities of the Chair

The Chair of the Council will have the following responsibilities:

5.03.1    To promote and uphold the purposes of the Constitution;

5.03.2    To preside over meetings of the full Council so that its business can be carried out efficiently and with regard to the rights of Members of the Council and the interests of the community;

5.03.3    At meetings of full Council, to interpret the Constitution.  Where appropriate, the Chair shall first consult with the Monitoring Officer;

5.03.4    To ensure that the full Council meeting is a forum for the debate of matters of concern to the local community and a place at which Members of the Council can question decisions of its committees and the Cabinet and hold them to account for those decisions;

5.03.5    To promote public involvement in the Council's activities.

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