Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Annual Council Meeting took place at Wirksworth Leisure Centre on Thursday 27th May at 6pm.
Moving the meeting away from the Council Chamber at Matlock Town Hall to Wirksworth Leisure Centre allowed social distancing requirements to be adhered to.
Several options for hosting the meeting, which is required to be held ‘in person’ by law, were considered. The option to move to Wirksworth Leisure Centre was supported by the Leaders of all four of the Council’s political groups.
Members of the public and the press could attend the meeting but strict limits on numbers were in place and admittance on a first come, first served basis. The public and press were required to wear face coverings and adhere to Covid safety measures.
It was not possible to live broadcast the meeting online from Wirksworth Leisure Centre but it was recorded and posted here within hours of the meeting finishing.
A Council spokesperson said
“Whilst the Council has been successfully hosting remote, online public meetings since the start of the pandemic, ensuring the democratic process has continued despite the significant challenges facing us. However, a change in the law which came into force on 6th May means that is no longer possible. By moving the Annual Meeting to Wirksworth we could ensure that it was conducted safely and that all 39 councillors could attend and take part in person.”
Business for the Annual Meeting included the election of a new Chairman (Councillor Sue Bull), Civic Chairman (Councillor Steve Wain) and Leader (Councillor Garry Purdy) - and appointment to committees, based on the political make-up of the Council.
The Agenda for the meeting is available at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/annualmeeting