So how will public meetings be held without those participating or attending actually physically present in a room? There are various options given within the new regulations from a telephone conference, video conference, live webcast or live interactive streaming.
Public and press access to the virtual public meeting to enable them to attend or participate will by remote access.
Folkestone & Hythe District Council have yet to explain how remote access will work for members of the press and public. We hope they will publish details soon.
Local government bodies can choose to not have an Annual Meeting in 2020 as appointments can be automatically extended by a further year. The new regulations also grant further flexibility in the day and time of meetings, when meetings can be cancelled, moved and the frequency changed.
These changes will take some time for everyone involved to get used to.
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