Alterations to Parish Council Meeting Arrangements During COVID Pandemic

Alterations to Parish Council Meeting Arrangements During COVID Pandemic

28th of October, 2020

As you will be aware, every meeting of a Parish Council is to be open to the public; however under the current Coronavirus restrictions the regulations have had to be altered.

Ribchester Parish Council is unable to hold a physical meeting and these have been suspended for the time being (as sanctioned by Ribble Valley Borough Council).  Unfortunately, it is not possible to replace them with the system now preferred which is on-line meetings, because not all the Parish Councillors have access to the internet.  Nor does the meeting room at SS Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre have wifi.

For the time being, the Parish Council will conduct its business by correspondence and telephone contact.  This is taking place on a weekly basis.  Information about matters dealt with in this way and financial decisions made will be publicised on this website and in the Parish Council noticeboard next to the Spar.

There will come a point when physical meetings will have to be convened as Councillors who do not attend Parish Council meetings for six months face disqualification.  Should this current ‘very high’ alert situation continues, some other arrangement will have to be made to fulfil the requirement for a meeting to be held, to which the public can be invited.  Notice will be given of this change.

Any resident wishing to find out about these decisions, about planning applications, grants and donations made, etc is invited to make contact  with the Parish Clerk on [email protected] or by telephone during office hours 9.00am – 5.00pm preferably during the week.