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Face-to-face meetings restart for Torbay Council

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 8:10am

By Ed Oldfield, local democracy reporter

Torquay Town Hall in Castle Circus, headquarters of Torbay Council (Image: Ed Oldfield)

But only the top dogs can attend

Torbay Council is to hold its first face-to-face committee meeting for more than a year due to the pandemic. Members of the council’s ruling Cabinet will meet at Torquay Town Hall today at 5.30 pm (Tuesday, May 18).

But the in-person meeting is for the decision-makers only, due to ongoing pandemic restrictions. Anyone else who wants to attend the public meeting is being told they must do so remotely over the internet using Zoom.

The Government has insisted meetings in person should 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 and meets in public.

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

They resumed using Zoom software to allow councillors, officers and the public to take part remotely over the internet. The meeting on Tuesday is due to consider a series of items which will need councillors to make a decision on by a vote.

They include:

- The English Riviera Events Strategy;
- Support for financial schemes including a £1million green investment fund;
- 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.

Meeting details 

Zoom link: 

Meeting ID: 850 6930 0155 Passcode: 997527

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