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Rutland annual Council to meet in person

Date Published: 10 May 2021
Rutland County Council

Rutland County Councillors will meet in person next week to appoint Elected Members to a number of key positions for the 2021/22 council year. 

The Annual Council meeting is taking place on Monday 10 May at 7.00pm and is being held at Rutland County Museum. Rutland’s Council Chamber is currently unavailable because it continues to operate as a COVID-19 vaccination site.

Members of the public will be able to view the meeting online Details of how to watch can be found online at: www.rutland.gov.uk/meetings.

Recent changes to national legislation mean that members of the public can also attend the meeting in person. However, space is extremely limited and anyone who wishes to attend must reserve a place in advance by emailing: governance@rutland.gov.uk. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The Annual Council meeting will elect a Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council for the next 12 months, as well as appointing individual Councillors to important positions on various committees and scrutiny committees. 

Following the appointments, Members will be asked to agree a proposed schedule of meetings for the next 12 months, including future dates for Full Council, Cabinet and other statutory Committees. 

This will be the first time that Rutland County Councillors have met in person since local authorities in England were handed new COVID powers to hold public meetings virtually in April 2020.

“Annual Council last year had to take place virtually because of COVID-19. The re-introduction of physical meetings is being done gradually and safely, in line with changes to Government legislation and the latest public health guidelines. Although the Government is easing national lockdown measures, the extra work and responsibilities absorbed by local councils because of the pandemic has not gone away. Efforts to deliver local services safely and address the long term impact of COVID will continue for a long time to come. Annual Council will agree the structure and key roles that allow us to carry on with this important work.” Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council

Measures being taken for the safe return of meetings held in public include using a venue large enough for effective social distancing, ventilation and the use of lateral flow testing. Councillors will be required to wear masks, unless medically exempt, and take a COVID test within 24 hours of the meeting. 

The full agenda and reports for Annual Council can be found on the Meetings page of the Council’s website.

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