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Scarborough Council to Hold Virtual Cabinet Meeting

Scarborough Council to Hold Virtual Cabinet Meeting

Published by Jon Burke at 8:44am 8th May 2020. (Updated at 11:52am 8th May 2020)

Scarborough Borough Council will use digital technology to hold some key committee meetings virtually, starting from next week.

Meetings of committees, Full Council and Cabinet have been suspended since the government's stay at home instructions were introduced in March.

This is because of laws, which said meetings at which decisions are made and votes taken, had to happen face-to-face with councillors all at the same location.

However, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the government has changed legislation, to allow remote meetings to take place.

The council's ICT team has been testing a number of technology solutions. while the amended laws were brought forward.

The first meeting to be held virtually will be the Cabinet meeting, scheduled for 10.00am on Tuesday 12 May. Councillors and officers will join the meeting using the Zoom video platform.

Members of the public will be able to watch the meeting live on the council’s You Tube channel at youtube.com/scarboroughcouncil

The opportunity for people to submit questions in advance of the meeting remains the same. Questions should be submitted by email to stjohn.harris@scarborough.gov.uk no later than 5pm, Friday 8 May. Anyone submitting a question must include their contact details in the email. This will enable the council to get in touch with them with instructions of how they will be able to ask the question publicly during the meeting via Zoom.

Testing of Zoom and alternative virtual platforms for committees that need to be attended by a greater number of councillors, is still being carried out.

Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, Cllr Steve Siddons, said:

“Despite the very difficult situation we have all found ourselves in during the coronavirus pandemic, it has always been our aim to get back to our key decision making in public as soon as possible, while adhering to the necessary social distancing and travel restrictions.

I would like to thank the officers that have worked hard to test and hone the technology we will be using for next week’s Cabinet and subsequent committee meetings, particularly in ensuring other councillors and members of the public will be able to participate in and view the meetings.

We will continue to look at ways in which all council meetings can be held successfully using a virtual platform. We will also be advised by any future government announcements on easing of restrictions and guidance for local authorities.”

 

 

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