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Skype council meetings planned as local authorities operate remotely while lockdown restrictions are in place

The government has given the green light to council meetings being conducted remotely.

Council meetings for Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are now set to resume imminently through Skype after local authorities were granted powers to meet and make decisions using digital technology to ensure public safety.

Meetings had been suspended in recent weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Council meetings are to move online
Council meetings are to move online

The first remote Mid Suffolk District Council meeting will be the development control committee on April 28.

Babergh District Council's planning meeting on April 30 will be its first online meeting.

Meetings will be conducted via Skype and members of the public will be able to watch a live stream of the meetings via the councils’ YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/channel/UCSWf_0D13zmegAf5Qv_aZSg

Public speaking arrangements at the meeting will still go ahead in accordance with the planning charters.

In order to speak at a meeting, participants need to register their interest by emailing Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils’ committee services team at committees@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk.

Cllr Suzie Morley, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, said: "Thankfully we are in an age where technology exists to allow us to meet online – ensuring the decisions we make for our communities continue to be democratic, open to debate and public scrutiny – whilst also ensuring the safety of the public, our councillors and officers."

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