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No residents allowed at Swaffham council meeting

Residents of Swaffham will be unable to see their town council meeting in person next week, because of coronavirus restrictions.

The authority is due to meet at its usual venue in the town hall this Wednesday, June 9, from 6.30pm.

But agenda papers for the meeting have revealed members of the public will not be allowed in the chamber.

The Buttercross in Swaffham.. (45463209)
The Buttercross in Swaffham.. (45463209)

They said: “We will be Live Streaming the meeting on Facebook, and unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions, on this occasion we cannot accommodate members of the public attending.

“Any questions must be submitted in writing in advance of the meeting and will be answered if possible, within the meeting.

“It is sincerely hoped that if the governments roadmap out of the pandemic lockdown concludes on 21st June 2021, then the public will be able to attend the meeting on 14th July 2021.”

The town council held its most recent meeting at the Assembly Rooms, instead of at the town hall, last month, so that a limited number of residents could watch the proceedings in person.

At the time, officials said they would stage meetings there for a couple of months, with the hope that they would be able to return to the town hall in July.

The council is not the only authority to have faced challenges with how to conduct its business following the government’s decision not to renew the temporary powers allowing remote meetings.

Norfolk County Council has moved all its meetings temporarily to the Norfolk Showground, while refurbishment work continues in the chamber at its County Hall headquarters in Norwich.

Both it and West Norfolk Council are also continuing to livestream their meetings via their respective YouTube channels.

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