Thursday, May 07, 2020
ZOOM REPLACES ROOM FOR BRIGG COUNCIL MEETING
Brigg Town Council - established in 1974 to succeed an urban authority founded during Victorian times - broke new ground last night (Wednesday, May 6) by holding its first meeting online, using the Zoom app.
This session saw councillors and staff logging in to a virtual gathering via laptops, tablets and mobile phones rather than sitting together in a room in the Angel Suite - no longer permitted under UK emergency measures to combat the Coronavirus.
The last traditional-style meeting had been held in March - a few hours before initial lockdown measures were announced by the government.
Once the meeting started last night, the person chosen to speak appeared live on screen from home and could be seen, and heard, by all his/her colleagues.
The agenda was worked through with various discussions taking place and decisions made. We will report these in future posts.
Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall declared the first Zoom meeting a success, having chaired the session, and then handed over to Deputy Mayor Coun Brian Parker so members of his Planning & Environment Committee could consider the latest Brigg applications.
Unless restrictions on council meetings are lifted, more Zoom sessions like this will follow in the weeks ahead.
Online council meetings formed part of the emergency legislation drawn up some weeks ago, as local government needs to continue despite the pandemic.