April 17, 2020 12.14 pm This story is over 43 months old

Virtual meetings set to begin at Lincolnshire councils

North Kesteven District Council will be hosting full council online next week

Councils in Lincolnshire will begin to embrace new ways of hosting council meetings in the coming weeks.

All the authorities in the county were forced to cancel their meetings for March and April after the coronavirus lockdown began.

Next week, however North Kesteven District Council will be hosting its first “virtual meeting”, using modern technology, on Thursday at 2pm, with a meeting of full council.

Authority leader Councillor Richard Wright said: “We are keen to  resume council business as quickly as possible.

“By embracing this new way of holding meetings  we will be able to, as Members still honour our duties and speak on behalf of our constituents.

“In this ‘new world’, members and  officers will learn together how to hold virtual meetings, whilst also ensuring residents  and the local  media can listen-in, and be a part of the process.”

North Kesteven District Council’s leader Richard Wright. Photo: Lincolnshire Reporter

The meetings will, however, see reduced numbers in order to aid the management and connectivity.

The meeting will be hosted by visiting www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/Council23April

The following week on April 29, West Lindsey District Council will also be hosting its first virtual meeting – a planning committee.

Details are still to be confirmed and will be released once testing is finished.

The authority has moved several of its meetings around – meaning the next one will be in May, while the annual meeting of the full council has been pushed back to September.

Another meeting next Thursday will not be accessible to the public but will agree a number of items under delegated authority in order to push the changes to the timetable forward.

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