Modern technology will be employed for the first time to stage what has previously been very old-style meeting in Brigg next week. And all interested people can take part.
The Brigg Annual Town Public Meeting - a consultation session between the Town Council and local residents - is an historic annual event which gives members of the public an opportunity to put questions to councillors and raise topics which electors consider of interest.
Such sessions have been held for many years in the Angel Suite, with chairs laid out in rows to be occupied by local residents.
Mass gatherings have been ruled out by law since the Coronavirus emergency was declared by the Government in March 2020, and that ban remains in force.
So, instead, Brigg Town Council will be using the Zoom platform to host the Annual Brigg Town Meeting 2021 online.
It will take place on Tuesday, April 27 from 6.45pm.
Taking part is simple and does NOT involve downloading the free Zoom app; people can access the session via any internet browser.
Simply send an email now to email@example.com to inform the Town Clerk you intend to take part. As 'host' of the meeting, she will be ready to admit you to the 'virtual' session prior to 6.45pm on Tuesday night. You just need to use the online link she will have supplied by then.
Alternatively, people can take part by listening into this meeting by phone. The numbers to call can be obtained by contacting the Town Clerk.
Zoom has been used successfully for many months to host monthly Town Council meetings.
They always include Public Question Time as an agenda item, and local people who are not councillors have logged in and taken part on various occasions.
However, next Tuesday's session is different as this meeting is devoted entirely to questions from the public, as outlined in the agenda below. The session will be chaired and hosted by the Town Mayor, Coun Sharon Riggall.
1. Welcome by the Town Mayor.
2. Receive the minutes of the last Annual Town Public Meeting.
3. Any matters arising from those minutes.
4. Town Mayor's Report 2021.
5. Open Forum. The opportunity for you to raise your own issues with the Town Mayor and your elected representatives. "Have your say; it's your turn to speak."