To adopt the Protocol for Remote Meetings
Decision Maker: Chief Executive
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To enable Council meetings to be held remotely.
To adopt the Protocol for Remote Meetings.
This protocol has been developed by an officer project group overseen by a cross-party member reference group to provide clarity about how the Council will operate remote meetings under the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 No.392 (‘the Regulations’). The Regulations came into force on 4 April 2020 and remain valid until 7 May 2021. The Regulations apply notwithstanding any other legislation or pre-existing procedure rules of the Council governing meetings. This means that, wherever there is a conflict, the Protocol for Remote Meetings takes precedence in relation to the governance of any remote meeting
Alternative options considered:
To not adopt a protocol using emergency powers would not provide for the smooth running of the planning committee meetings scheduled for 18 May and 19 May 2020, which will take place before the Protocol can be considered for adoption by members at the Annual Council Meeting on 20 May 2020. This would create uncertainty for Members, officers and the public about the procedure rules to be followed at those meetings.
Signed off by senior officers:
Signed of by Head of Paid Service (Chief Executive).
Publication date: 14/05/2020
Date of decision: 14/05/2020