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First virtual Council meeting on May 6

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The first ever virtual meeting for Charnwood Borough Council will take place on Wednesday May 6.

Members of the plans committee will swap their chamber seats and for the comfort of their own homes as they take part in the meeting which will allow council business to continue while adhering to the government advice - stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.

All members and speakers will be able to join the meeting from wherever they are based, access all the relevant documents and have every opportunity to interact, ask questions, and vote as they would at any meeting they would attend in the flesh.

Members of the public will also be able watch and listen to the broadcast via their internet-enabled devices.

Chair of the plans committee, Councillor Hilary Fryer, said: “This is quite an exciting development and I am pleased we can start getting back to normal business by using technology while respecting social distancing rules.

“This will be our first virtual meeting, but other councils are using similar technology and we look forward to giving it a go. We hope that residents of Charnwood will tune in and watch.”

The meeting is taking place virtually using Zoom. All participants will be sent details by email of how to join the meeting. The Coronavirus Act 2020 now allows councils to hold decision making meetings virtually.

The Cabinet meeting on Thursday May 7 will also be held in this way. Documents for this meeting and instructions for how to view the meeting on Zoom can be found at https://charnwood.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=137&MId=282.

If you would like to join the broadcast, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/virtualmeeting from 5pm on Wednesday May 6. Documents related to the meeting can be found at https://charnwood.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=152&MId=526