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Braintree District Council to hold its first virtual public meeting

Braintree District Council to hold its first virtual public meeting

Councils given new powers to hold public meetings remotely

Braintree District Council will hold its first virtual public meeting on Tuesday, May 12.

The government has temporarily removed the legal requirement for local authorities to hold public meetings in person during the coronavirus pandemic, and have brought in regulations that allow local authorities to hold public meetings virtually by using video or telephone conferencing technology.

Virtual meetings will enable councils to make effective and transparent decisions to ensure that local democracy can continue during the pandemic. Virtual meetings will ensure that councillors, staff and the wider public are able to follow government advice by staying at home to stop the spread of coronavirus to protect the NHS and save lives, while being able to participate in the meetings.

The first virtual meeting will be a meeting of the Planning Committee on Tuesday, 12th May 2020 at 7.15pm.

If the public wish to participate in the meeting, guidance can be found here

Members of the public will be able to view and listen to the meeting live via YouTube at the following link: www.braintree.gov.uk/youtube.

Other meetings of the council will take place virtually and more information will be available shortly.