Coronavirus: Online Meetings

Use of video conferencing to hold Council and Committee meetings during the Coronavirus (covid-19) crisis

Since the introduction of restrictions on gatherings of people by the Government in March 2020 it has not been possible to hold standard face to face public meetings.  This led to a temporary suspension of all meetings.

The Coronavirus Act 2020 now has been implemented, however, and in Regulations made under Section 78 it gives local authorities (including Parish Councils) the power to hold meetings without it being necessary for any of the participants or audience to be present together in the same room.

It is the intention of the Council to hold Council meetings for the foreseeable future as online meetings, using the Zoom video conferencing system. This system is simple for members of the public to access, as well as for participants under the Council’s Public Speaking and Public Question Time Schemes for meetings.

During meetings, the participants can be seen and heard by members of the public. Members of the public viewing the meeting, however, will be muted, and may have their video setting turned off, unless they are asked to participate by the Chairman, in accordance with one of the Council’s Public Speaking or Public Question Time Schemes for meetings.

Agendas for meetings in a format to reflect the new remote meetings arrangements, will be published on the Council’s website Details of the Council’s Public Speaking and Public Question Time Schemes also are available on this website.