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Coronavirus: Shropshire Council meetings in April and May 2020

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Full Council (Annual General Meeting) – due on 14 May 2020

Following the emergency legislation and regulations by the Secretary of State, the decision has been taken to cancel the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Shropshire Council which had been due to be held on 14 May 2020.

In accordance with the regulations, any appointments which would usually be made at the AGM will continue until the next AGM or until the council decides otherwise, whichever is the earlier. It is currently anticipated that the next AGM will take place in May 2021.

Cabinet meeting – Wednesday 29 April 2020 at 11am

A Cabinet meeting will take place – remotely – on Wednesday 29 April 2020 at 11am.

All members of the Cabinet, Group leaders, and officers advising, will be linked into the meeting and will be able to see and hear each other, and to be heard.

Other councillors, the media and the public will be able to listen live to proceedings.

This meets the regulations and meets the requirement that the proceedings are open to the public.

Questions from councillors, and questions from the public, will be taken. The Chair of the meeting will read out the question, and the relevant portfolio holder will respond.

Planning meetings

We will also continue to hold planning committees, remotely: however, the North planning committee on Tuesday 28 April has now been cancelled (as of Thursday 16 April am), subsequent to this story first being published). Similar procedures are being drawn up for future planning meetings, to ensure that the process is followed as set out in the Constitution, or as close as can be achieved.

Extraordinary meeting of Full Council – early May 2020

An extraordinary meeting of the Council is set be held remotely, early in May 2020, with the sole purpose of extending the term of office of any councillor who would otherwise fall foul of the six-month rule and cease to be a councillor.

This will enable all councillors to continue the vital work they do for the next six months, where it is likely that fewer meetings will be convened. The position can be further reviewed at the end of that period should it be necessary to do so.

This meeting will not consider any other items of business. There will be no public questions or councillor questions: however, all councillors, together with the media and public, will be able to listen to the proceedings.

An explanation on how the virtual meetings will be run will be included in the agenda for each meeting, published the week before they occur on Shropshire Council’s website: click here.

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