Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore has blocked the new district committees meeting in their own areas in a move described by a opponents as a blow for local democracy.
The ten district committees were given beefed-up powers over housing, leisure centres, libraries, parks, refuse collection in a shake up of council services after Labour took control of Birmingham in May.
But pleas by the Conservative run Sutton Coldfield and Lib Dem controlled Yardley district committees to hold meetings in their own backyards so residents can easier attend have fallen on deaf ears.
Instead, Sir Albert has told them, they have to meet in the Council House, during office hours, as senior officials, needed to advise on major decisions, are on hand.
But the opposition says it means that residents will be less able to attend meetings which directly affect them.
There were fierce exchanges as senior Councillors debated the issue.
Conservative chairwoman of Sutton Coldfield constituency Anne Underwood said: "We should have meetings in Sutton Coldfield. The council is being petty minded about this."
Lib Dem local services spokesman Coun Jerry Evans added: "This is control freakery at its worst and a "slap in the face" for district councillors who want to hold their district meetings in local venues."
But the Labour leadership argues that few people attend the meetings anyway and most of them are council candidates in waiting.
Sir Albert added: "We have handed these committees the powers of the old housing committees, environment committees and some regulatory powers. They need to be conducted in a businesslike way like any other committee - in the Council House."
Instead residents will be asked to submit views and contribute to debate at the 40 ward committees.
Sir Albert said he aims to ultimately devolve responsibility for 80 per cent of council services to the district committees.
But added for residents who find it difficult to attend: "We will be streaming the committee meetings on the internet."