A council has agreed to keep a recording of a recent virtual meeting. The motion to keep the recording of Cheadle Town Council’s meeting dated October 19 was agreed by the council at their meeting on Monday (November 16).
A council has agreed to keep a recording of a recent virtual meeting.
The motion to keep the recording of Cheadle Town Council’s meeting dated October 19 was agreed by the council at their meeting on Monday (November 16).
An initial motion had been put forward by councillor Greg Powell for two certain agenda items of the October 19 meeting to be minuted verbatim due to them concerning “future key assets of Cheadle.”
The two particular agenda items had included a presentation by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council leader councillor Sybil Ralphs, following the SMDC’s Cabinet decision to establish a ‘Town Centre Delivery Board’ and a ‘Stakeholder Panel’ which are set to work to improve a Cheadle town centre.
In putting forward his motion, cllr Powell said: “Regarding the minutes of the full council held on October 19, 2020.
“Given the significant nature of matters concerning the future of key assets of Cheadle covered in Agenda Item 5 Public Participation, the presentation that followed on item 6 by Cllr Sybil Ralphs, CE Andrew Stokes and Executive Neil Rogers and the questions and comments that followed from Cheadle Town Councillors. I feel that the council held records of that meeting should include all questions asked by members of the public, the full presentation verbatim made by Cllr Sybil Ralphs and the comments and questions raised by Cheadle Town councillors that followed.
“Our town council took a full record of that event via Zoom. I’m therefore requesting that the minutes be expanded to contain the full record of agenda items 5 and 6.
“I would also request that the Zoom meeting recording be retained until council can debate clarification the terms of reference and interpretation of Standing Order 9e, which in my opinion is not applicable to the Zoom recording because it is not a draft, but in fact an accurate factual account of the meeting and which should in spirit and in line with the Openness of Local Government Regulations 2014 be made available to the general public via a web-link.”
After much debate by Cheadle town councillors at this week’s meeting, councillor Dave Sargent then put forward an amendment to cllr Powell’s motion, for the recording of the meeting to be kept, but not that the full verbatim minutes be drawn up.
After a vote, a majority of councillors agreed with cllr Sargent’s amendment.
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