Aberdeenshire Council meetings set to stay online

Aberdeenshire Council may continue to hold virtual meetings until after its summer recess if proposals are agreed.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 8:00 am
Aberdeenshire councillors are set to continue meeting online until at least September.

The Council’s Procedures Committee members will be asked to comment on the plans at a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, April 21).

It has been proposed that the virtual meetings should continue at least until a further review on Thursday, September 23.

An options appraisal is also in development that could see Aberdeenshire Council provide both online and hybrid meetings in the future.

While a revised timetable for easing lockdown restrictions has been announced by the Scottish Government, Aberdeenshire Council has said that working from home for its staff and elected members would “remain the default, where possible, for some time”.

However, should the situation improve by September, Committee Chairs could choose to hold a meeting at a suitable available venue.

Comments made by the Committee will be reported to Full Council for its meeting on Thursday, April 29, when councillors will make a final decision.

The local authority has been holding all of its meetings online since the initial coronavirus pandemic lockdown in March 2020.

The last review regarding the matter of virtual meetings was held in January 2021.

At that stage, the Full Council agreed to continue to hold meetings online until April.