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Introduction to the Council House

It takes a building of some distinction to stand out in a city as rich in beautiful and interesting architecture as Nottingham, and the Council House does not disappoint...

Far from being a museum, The Council House is a vital, living part of the city and the centre of local politics as elected councillors who represent the people of the City of Nottingham conduct much of their business here. This magnificent neo-Baroque building, whose 200ft high dome dominates the city skyline, has been the heart of the city centre for 80 years and a source of pride for the people of Nottingham. On a still day, the chimes from the Council House clock, known as Little John, can be heard for miles around.

It has been the setting for many splendid public occasions. Royalty, statesmen and women and people from the world of show business have been received and entertained here. The FA and European cups have been held aloft from its balcony, and a great many worthy organisations and individuals have received the thanks of a grateful city within its walls.

As the hub of local politics, 55 councillors attend Full Council, this final forum for debate and decision making is open to the public. The Council delegates its powers to the Leader, Portfolio Holders, committees, boards and panels to conduct its main business and take day to day decisions. By and large these meetings are also conducted in The Council House.

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