Eastleigh Borough Council’s first virtual meeting will be held when the Council’s Cabinet meets on Monday 27 April at 11am.
Guidance from the Coronavirus Act 2020 has temporarily removed the legal requirement for Councils to hold public meetings in person. This will ensure that all participants are able to contribute and vote without the need to meet in person, enabling them to make key decisions about Council services and activities during the Covid-19 crisis.
The Cabinet meeting will ensure all participants are connected remotely so that no councillors, officers or other parties needed to attend the Council’s Eastleigh House offices. The Council has worked on technological arrangements which allows the meeting to be streamed live, enabling members of the public to attend in a virtual capacity. Members of the public can watch the meeting using Microsoft Teams live events.
Council Leader Keith House said, “Holding ‘virtual’ meetings means Council business can continue whilst ensuring the health and safety of councillors, our staff and the public in line with official public health guidance during the Covid-19 crisis. Using digital technology provides greater flexibility for the Council to continue to take key decisions about important local issues.”