First full council meeting since pandemic began to be held at Magna

Rotherham Council will hold its first in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic this week.

By Danielle Andrews, Local Democracy Reporter
Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 12:30 pm

The council’s first annual meeting since the elections earlier this month will be held at Magna on May 26 , rather than the council chamber at Rotherham Town Hall.

The meeting has been moved in a bid to adhere to social distancing guidelines, so all 59 councillors, along with council staff, the public and press can remain safe.

Although meetings were live streamed online from councillors’ homes for most of the pandemic,the government required them to be held in person from May 7.

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Members of the public and the press can attend the meeting but strict limits on numbers will be in place and admittance will be on a first come, first served basis.

The public and press will be required to wear face coverings and adhere to covid safety measures.

The meeting will not be broadcast live, but will be recorded and posted to the council’s website after the meeting has ended.

Sharon Kemp, chief executive at Rotherham Council: “We have 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 Magna we can ensure that it is conducted safely and that all 32 new and 27 returning members can attend and take part in person.”

The agenda includes the election of a new mayor, deputy mayor and Leader and appointment to committees, based on the new political make-up of the council.