Delay to restart of face-to-face meetings for Torbay Council

The Assembly Room in Torquay was used for the May by-election count

The Assembly Room in Torquay was used for the May by-election count - Credit: Ed Oldfield

Torbay Council has postponed its first face-to-face meeting since the start of the pandemic so it can set up a room big enough.

The meeting of the council’s Cabinet was due to take place in Torquay Town Hall on Tuesday (May 18) for decision-makers only.

But the evening before, the council announced it had been postponed for a week “to enable a large venue to be set up”.

The committee members are due to attend in person, with officers, public and press asked to take part remotely via the internet using Zoom.

But the need for social distancing measures means a larger venue than the council’s usual committee room is needed.

Decision-makers will now meet in the Assembly Room, a large hall attached to the council’s offices in the town hall, which is used for events and election counts.

The re-arranged meeting is scheduled to take place at 5.30pm on Tuesday, May 25.

Most Read

Council meetings were suspended in March 2020 due to the growing Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown which followed a surge in cases.

They then resumed using Zoom software so they could take place remotely using the internet.

The Government has insisted meetings in person should now restart after it refused to extend the emergency law allowing councils to make decisions remotely.

The Cabinet is the decision-making body of the council. It is made up of senior members of the partnership of Liberal Democrats and Independents which has run the authority since local elections in 2019.

The Cabinet meeting is due to consider a series of items which will need councillors to vote on.

They include:

  • the English Riviera Events Strategy
  • financial schemes including a £1million green investment fund
  • the council’s business plan for 2021/22
  • a business plan for TorVista Homes, the council’s social housing company 
  • responding to recommendations in a study of plans for the Torquay Town Deal and Paignton Future High Streets Fund projects.