THE ‘normal’ style of council meeting in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough is this month being replaced with a new ‘remote’ arrangement because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A Council spokesperson told ‘Ballymena Daily’ on Thursday: “At this time all normal Council meetings are suspended. In the absence of normal Council meetings, and in order to ensure business continuity, the Chief Executive will exercise decision making functions as per the Council’s Scheme of Delegation.
“In exercising these functions the Chief Executive will consult with the Council’s Group Leaders. The Council will keep the situation under review.
“A remote meeting of the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council will be held on Monday 30 March 2020 at 2.00 pm.
“The Mayor, Party Group Leaders, or their nominees, and the Independent Member, Councillor Stewart, will participate.
“The agenda and minutes of this meeting will be published as normal.”
Meanwhile, a statement on the Council website says: ‘Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is implementing a comprehensive action plan to support the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘We have set up a COVID-19 Emergency Response Team which meets three times a day and this includes the leaders of the political parties of the Council, Chief Executive and Directors.
‘To protect you and your family, as well as reduce the pressures on our health service, it is vitally important you follow government instructions on social distancing.
‘At this time the Council is operating under emergency governance arrangements with delegated powers being exercised by the Chief Executive.’