23 June meeting cancelled

A booking cancellation means Derbyshire Dales District Council can't go ahead with a scheduled committee meeting on Wednesday 23 June.

With no extension made by central government to the law enabling local authorities to meet remotely, the Council has to meet in physical socially distanced spaces for the foreseeable future.

The authority's own Council Chamber at Matlock Town Hall is not big enough or well ventilated enough to hold Covid-safe meetings, which is why the Council's next scheduled meeting of its Community & Environment Committee was due to be held at a venue elsewhere in the Derbyshire Dales.

But today the host venue advised the Council it could no longer accommodate the meeting.

The District Council's Chief Executive Paul Wilson said:
"With insufficient time to identify and publicise an alternative venue before next Wednesday we will now use the time to identify alternative options, which are in short supply, but we will seek to reschedule the committee meeting as soon as possible.
"We apologies for the inconvenience but this matter has been completely outside of our control."
Until the end of April the District Council was able to hold its meetings via the Zoom platform, but the emergency law enabling remote meetings has now expired. The extension to no earlier than 19 July of the government's further relaxation of Covid restrictions means that large group meetings cannot at the moment be held indoors.
A booking cancellation means Derbyshire Dales District Council can

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