Rushden councillors to continue meeting via Zoom

The council says it is vital to keep meeting and discussing matters relating to the town and its residents

By Stephanie Weaver
Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 10:37 am
Updated Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 10:39 am

Councillors will be using Zoom for the foreseeable future to ensure they can continue meeting despite the restrictions of lockdown.

Due to current social distancing measures put in place following the COVID-19 pandemic, Rushden Town Council has decided to conduct virtual council meetings via Zoom.

They held their first virtual full council meeting on Tuesday (April 28) and by opting to use Zoom Pro, all 21 councillors were able to video conference using this system.

A spokesman for the town council said: “It is vital for us to continue meeting and debating issues that relate to the long term and day-to-day running of the council, and therefore we felt virtual meetings were the only safe option.

"As we are consulted on all planning applications that fall within the Rushden parish boundary, we felt it was crucial that we were still able to consider the applications with the whole planning consultative committee present.”

Following the success of the first virtual meeting, the council has made the decision to conduct virtual council meetings for the foreseeable future, while social distancing measures are in place.

They will be holding a full council meeting once a month, which will incorporate items from policy and resources and community services committees and their planning consultative committee will continue to meet every three weeks.

Members of Rushden Town Council on last week's Zoom call

Details of the revised meeting schedule can be found on the council’s website at www.rushdentowncouncil.gov.uk/council-meetings

If any members of the public wish to attend, they can contact the town clerk on [email protected]

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