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Coronavirus Information

The Parish Council now has a list of volunteers who are willing to help in various ways if you need help during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Shopping may be limited at the moment due to social distancing but we can still help with a phone call, reassurance or the collection of medicine etc. All volunteers have been checked with a basic voters check so you can be reassured that they are who they say they are as all are being co-ordinated through the Parish Clerk.

Stanton 'Next Door' site has a significant number of neighbours registered so a lot of people are getting messages on a regular basis - please do consider signing up.

Not everyone uses Social Media but a lot of people do have an email address and can sign up for Next Door so during this crisis,please use all the means available to you and your neighbours to ensure we all get through this pandemic in the best of health both physically and mentally.

Other social media sites can also be accessed on Facebook - including 'Mill View Stanton', 'Things for Sale and Whats on in Stanton' and 'Stanton Village Community and Neighbourhood Watch'

For the latest Government Advice -please visit
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

We are a great Community and look forward to happier times later on in the Summer. This is not going to be easy but if we all pull together then we will get through this!

Meetings of the Parish Council during the COVID-19 Emergency

The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the 2020 Regulations”) came in to force on 4 April. Broadly speaking, the 2020 Regulations enable local councils to hold remote meetings (including by video and telephone conferencing) for a specified period until May next year. They also remove the requirement to hold an annual meeting. The 2020 Regulations apply to local council meetings, committee and sub-committee meetings in England. Separate legislation is anticipated for Wales.

The COVID-19/ Coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented in peacetime Government measures in response to the crisis (e.g. prohibitions on gatherings, social distancing, self-isolation and shielding of those deemed to be the most vulnerable) have meant that the requirement for local authorities to hold public meetings in person with all members present in one place cannot be met. The statutory requirements for meetings are mainly contained in the Local Government Act 1972 (“the 1972 Act”) and the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 (“the 1960 Act”).

In recognition of the problem of holding and attending meetings, and further to the lobbying of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and others, the Government included s.78 in the Coronavirus Act 2020. This section gave the Secretary of State the power to make Regulations to make provisions for the holding of meetings. The 2020 Regulations set out those provisions.

Regulation 5 – this permits the holding of remote meetings. The effect of the Regulation is that persons attending a local council meeting do not need to be in the same place. “Place” means more than one place including electronic, digital or virtual locations such as internet locations, web addresses or conference call telephone numbers (Regulation 5 (1)). To attend a meeting remotely a member in remote attendance must meet specified conditions (see below).

Regulation 5 (6) also enables local councils to make standing orders to specify (i) how voting will be carried out, (ii) how members and the public can access documents and (iii) how remote access of the press and public by electronic means will take place.

Regulation 6 – confirms that being present at a local council meeting includes being present through remote attendance. The Regulation also disapplies paragraph 7 of Schedule 12 to the 1972 Act.

Regulation 13 – s.1 (4) (a) of the 1960 Act has been amended so that public notice of the time and place of the meeting is deemed to be given if published on the relevant principal authority’s website. The Parish Council is aware of NALC's advice that a council’s decision making is unlikely to be challenged if it only places the notice on its own website.

The Parish Council will therefore be conducting all of its meetings virtually through remote attendance using the Zoom platform. Details of the meetings to take place along with information as to how to gain accesss to the meetings will be published monthly.