Changes to council meetings and decisions due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

We've adapted our decision making process due to coronavirus and are now holding a number of our regular council meetings virtually using online technology.

Cabinet meetings

We held our first virtual Cabinet meeting on 15 April 2020, using the flexibility provided by recent regulations made under the Coronavirus Act 2020. Watch our recent cabinet meeting via the webcast facility.

You'll be able to find out about future meetings, how to watch them or find out agendas and reports from past meetings

The cabinet system of decision making allows councillors to ‘call in’ items they feel need greater scrutiny from fellow elected councillors. These call in arrangements remain in place as usual and, if needed, a virtual meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be arranged.

Annual Council, Full Council and appointments

As part of the Coronavirus Act 2020, we will not be holding our Annual Council in May. Existing appointments made by us, including to the position of the Mayor, will continue.

We’re not arranging any Full Council meetings for the foreseeable future. We’ll keep this under review if any decisions arise that we need to make.

Planning Regulatory Board

We’re planning to hold our first virtual planning regulatory board meeting on the 19 May 2020. Members of the public, who have requested to speak before the meeting, will be able to use the digital technology to address the board on major applications.  

You’ll be able to view the agenda a week before the meeting. 

The Head of Planning and their team of planning officers will continue to make delegated decisions on routine applications as usual, and it may be that the number of applications decided in this way increases during this period of social distancing. Only a limited number of the most significant applications will be determined by the board. This will make meetings easier to hold by virtual means. 

We’re also reducing the number of members on the board to 13 (usually 26) to make virtual meetings operate more smoothly. Each political group is nominating members. The opposition groups will each be nominating one member in addition to 10 members nominated by the majority group.