Lympstone Parish Council has called an emergency meeting for Friday 12th February at 2.p.m. to be held at the Youth Club.
This is NOT a routine Parish Council meeting and has been called to satisfy certain legal requirements following the S91* Order made under the Local Government Act 1972.
Members of the public may attend as observers but due to social distancing requirements there will be very limited numbers allowed into the venue.
There will be NO public session.
LPC Decisions during Lockdown here
Planning – ongoing planning applications and planning decisions by councillors here.
*Background to S91 Order Local Government Act 1972.
The PC has been guided by information published by NALC – National Association of Local Councils.
‘Following the government announcement of further easing of lockdown restrictions from 4 July, both NALC and SLCC strongly advise local councils to continue to meet remotely, without the need for face-to-face contact.
Note: Local councils have the powers to hold public meetings remotely by using video or telephone conferencing technology until May 2021. Parish meetings do not have such powers to meet remotely.’
The last PC meeting was on 27th July 2020. A meeting was scheduled for September 2020 – in accordance with NALC – this had to be postponed when the government introduced tighter lockdown restrictions. Zoom meeting were considered but – due to the difficulty of getting a quorum of Councillors who could take part – these had to be postponed.
The Parish Council were notified a week ago that since there had been no formal meetings during a six -month period – i.e. since the July meeting – that all Councillors had ceased to be members of LPC.
To ensure that the business of the PC could continue EDDC have enacted S91 of the LGA 1972 to re-appoint existing Councillors on a temporary basis.
The Order expires on 6th May 2021 – election day.
Therefore, all existing councillors and prospective councillors will have to stand for election in May.