Support is available for responding to enquiries regarding the Council's meetings by the Member Support Officers within the Corporate Support Department.
ID cards are provided for every Councillor in order to allow them access to the Council's buildings and rooms.
All of the Council's work is done electronically wherever possible and, as a result, information technology is an integral part of the Councillor's job. iPads are the current provision for Councillors along with all of the software needed for Council work. The provision of iPads is currently being reviewed for the next term. You will receive an account and an e-mail address for the Council work. Training is offered for all aspects of information technology. In addition, 1-1 training sessions are offered in addition to the helpdesk that deals with technical problems.
Gwynedd Council works through the medium of Welsh and a translation service will be available for every meeting.
Usually, Council meetings are held during office work hours. The Full Council (75 members) meetings are held in Siambr Dafydd Orwig Caernarfon. Other official meetings are held in the Council in Caernarfon, Dolgellau and Pwllheli with some meetings being held in the evening. A number of unofficial meetings are held through video conferencing between Caernarfon, Dolgellau and Pwllheli to save travelling time.
The meetings of the Full Council, the Planning Committee (when the meeting is held in Caernarfon) and any other committee that is likely to be of interest to the public, will be webcast. The meaning of webcasting is to broadcast video and sound on the internet. Cameras in the Council's chambers will record the live discussion and anyone who wishes to watch can do so by going on the Council's website.
A Councillor's attendance is recorded in every meeting and is placed on the Council's website. The website contains a name, a photo and contact details for every Councillor.
Provision for disabled Councillors
The Council's buildings are suitable for disabled people, with parking spaces for disabled people located close to the buildings. There is a lift in the Council's main buildings to gain access to meeting rooms and special provision is available should a building need to be evacuated in an emergency.
Specific offices are available for the use of Cabinet members, and also for the Leader of the Council. Rooms are also provided for the main political groups.
There are two Lounges in Caernarfon with tea and coffee facilities for Councillors, with one lounge including a work room with computer equipment.