Cabinet Forward Plan

The Council is required to publish a forward plan of key decisions to be taken by the Leader of the Council, Cabinet, individual Cabinet Members or Officers. For more information please:

The Forest of Dean District Council Cabinet is made up of:

Councillor name Role

Councillor Tim Gwilliam 

(Forest Alliance)

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Policy and Strategy, Cross Border Issues, Future Generations and Health and Well Being   

Councillor Paul Hiett

(Forest Alliance)

Joint Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Governance, Sport and Leisure, Tourism, the Arts and Communities 

Councillor Chris McFarling 

(Green)   *

Joint Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, Performance and Shared Working and Climate Emergency

Councillor Richard Leppington  

(Forest Alliance)

Cabinet Member for Development, Asset Management, Forest Economic Partnership and Infrastructure

Councillor Di Martin  

(Labour)   *

Cabinet Member for Housing and Town and Parish Councils (inc town centre development)

 Councillor Bernie O Neill 


Cabinet Member for Finance, Business Support and Jobs 

 Councillor Sid Phelps 


Cabinet Member for Environment, Wildlife, Heritage and Culture (inc waste and recycling and AONB designation)

* Cllr Chris McFarling (Green) and Cllr Di Martin (Labour) have stood down as Cabinet Members for the duration of the Parliamentary Election Campaign until after 12 December 2019.  

The Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.

In accordance with the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) a notice has been issued to the chairman of the Council's Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Copies of Notices issued to the Scrutiny Chairman for exempt items that have not been publicised on the Cabinet Forward Plan.

Notice to Scrutiny Chairman

Notice to Scrutiny Chairman

Notice to Scrutiny Chairman

Overview and Scrutiny

Decisions made within existing Council policies will usually become effective immediately. However if the decision is challenged by another councillor before it is implemented it is ‘called in’ to the Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

The Strategic Overview & Scrutiny Committee, made up of non-Cabinet members has been established to:

  • monitor decisions
  • review policies & performance
  • make recommendations for future action.

The Council

The Council has the ultimate power to hold the Cabinet to account and to:

  • make decisions required by statute
  • consider, debate and approve budget, policy and major service proposals
  • scrutinise the performance of the Cabinet with the assistance of scrutiny committees
  • make appointments to committees and outside bodies
  • consider wider matters affecting the authority


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