Mere Town Council
Town Clerk – Mrs. L. C. Wood
Phone: 01747 860701
10th December 2020
Mere Town Council – Annual Budget meeting – Monday, 14th December 2020 at 6.00 pm online at Zoom.us
This meeting will be held in accordance with s.78 of the Coronavirus Act 2020, The Local Authorities Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authorities and Crime Panels Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020.
The 2020 Regulations enable local councils to hold remote meetings (including by video and telephone conferencing) for a specified period until May 2021.
Due to the current government coronavirus response, the Town Council will be meeting online. Members of the public who wish to join the meeting to submit their questions or comments under ‘Public Session’ should contact the Clerk in advance of the meeting via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. The Clerk will then send out the meeting ID and passcode.
Online Meeting Arrangements
The Chairman will host the meeting, attendees will be muted and councillors invited to speak in turn at each agenda item. Councillors may raise their hand to indicate that they wish to speak at other times. Voting will be taken in turn as directed by the Chairman and should be by the response ‘In Favour’, ‘Against’ or ‘Abstain’. The decision and summary of votes will be read back before moving to the next item.
All attendees should try to join the meeting at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting to allow for any connection problems.
- Public Session:
- To receive apologies for absence and to consider requests for dispensation
- Declarations of Interest
- Expenses – To consider budgeted expenditure for the year 2021/2 (Draft figures attached)
- Requests for grants
- Income – To consider rents and charges for the year 2021/2 (Draft figures attached)
- Precept – to make recommendation for precept requirement upon Wiltshire Council for the year 2021/2
EXEMPT BUSINESS – Under The Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 Sec 1 (2) states “A body may, by resolution, exclude the public from a meeting (whether during the whole or part of the proceedings) whenever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons stated in the resolution and arising from the nature of that business or of the proceedings; and where such a resolution is passed, this Act shall not require the meeting to be open to the public during proceedings to which the resolution applies.” There are only a few reasons as to why, legally, the public and press can be excluded from a meeting. The Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 Sec 1 (2) states: It is generally considered acceptable to exclude the press and public if the agenda item relates to the consideration of tenders, leases, purchases of assets, for matters relating to staffing covered by the data Protection Act and to consider complaints against the council or a code of conduct complaint.
Due to the nature of the meeting to be held, it is considered likely that the press and public will be excluded from parts of the proceedings.