Craven District Council cancels January meetings due to Covid

The Chief Executive of Craven District Council has taken the decision to cancel Planning Committee and Policy Committee meetings planned for this month because of high rates of coronavirus in the district.

Paul Shevlin says that planning applications due to be considered by Planning Committee will be deferred to the next meeting on 14th February 2022. For urgent decisions that need to be taken by Policy Committee the council will be relying on the emergency authority delegated specifically to the Chief Executive in the Scheme of Delegation to Officers.

Before making any decision, the Chief Executive will consult with those members who would have sat on the Committee (or Council), had the meeting gone ahead.

Mr Shevlin said: “Whilst the Covid rates are so high I am not prepared to put officers and councillors at risk by holding face to face meetings. There is an alternative work-around available to me for urgent decisions. We’ll follow a similar process to the one we put in place last summer when rates were high and we were unable to reintroduce virtual meetings.

"I will consult with members who would have sat on the relevant committee or Council before making my decision. I am hopeful we can revert to face to face meetings again next month.”


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