Council’s first virtual Committee
On Wednesday 13 May we held our first virtual committee meeting, something we'll be repeating over the coming months.
The first meeting was a Planning Committee meeting. Councillor Clive Woodbridge, Chair of the Planning Committee stated “The Government has been very clear that the planning process must continue. This will be a key element in the economic recovery and continued investment in our borough at the end of this Covid-19 crisis.
“Planning Committee meetings have our highest public engagement and residents’ participation is very important. Our online meeting means that anyone who is interested in the democratic process can follow it live using either the internet, without the need for any additional software, or a telephone
This and future virtual meetings will be held virtually using video and audio conference technology and will be open to the press and public to attend as observers either online or by telephone. There’s also continued provision for the public to contribute to the meeting in accordance with the council’s scheme for public speaking.
The need for self-isolation and social distancing has meant that traditional council meetings, including staffing and public attendance are not possible. This made holding formal council meetings impossible, as until April 2020, the law required a minimum of attendees to be physically present. The Coronavirus Act 2020 was introduced to enable necessary emergency measures to be brought forward to allow for Committee meeting based decision making to continue.
We are not publishing an updated calendar of meetings here as this is very likely to change. Please visit our committee meetings webpage which will be updated regularly.