Issue details

Changes to the Constitution: June 2020

There is a need to make further changes to the Constitution to cover proposals for the first virtual meeting of the full Council to be held on 17 July 2020.


It is proposed that Section 11 of Standing Orders, which covers the conduct of meetings under the Coronavirus Virtual Meetings Regulations, is amended by the addition of bespoke arrangements for the full Council meeting on 17 July. These will both set out the nature of the business to be considered and also aim to better manage the reduced time, ensuring that as many members as possible who wish to speak may do so.


The proposal was endorsed by the Governance Committee on 22 June 2020. The Chairman of the Council was consulted on this urgent decision and the decision was authorised by the Director of Law and Assurance in accordance with Standing Order 3.45.


Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 24/06/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
The urgency of this matter is due to the need for preparations to be made for the proposed Council meeting on 17 July 2020 and to tailor both content of the agenda and the way in which items are debated to fit the restraints caused by the current public health emergency.

Decision due: 24 July 2020 by Director of Law and Assurance

Lead member: County Council

Lead director: Tony Kershaw

Contact: Charles Gauntlett, Senior Advisor (Council - Member Support) Email: Tel: 033 022 22524.

Democratic Services Contact: Charles Gauntlett Tel: 033022 22524