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Cancellation of council meetings

23 March 2020

Norfolk County Council has cancelled its council meetings for March and April, to observe Government rules to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Council leader Councillor Andrew Proctor said: “We haven’t taken this decision lightly but I’m sure people will understand this is necessary, in the light of current advice.

"The council is playing a leading role, with partners, in efforts to support our communities and curb the spread of coronavirus.

" I'd like to pay tribute to councillors and officers who are finding a wide range of ways to help people, while limiting personal contact, as advised by the Government.

"We might not be able to meet but we can still take meaningful action, as shown by the phone conference with our MPs last week."

Opposition leader, Labour Councillor Steve Morphew, said: “Extraordinary times mean councillors have to set an example, whether its protecting our communities or how decisions are made.

"As councillors, our focus will be on those in our community but we mustn’t lose sight of our role holding decision makers to account.

"People are understandably concerned about their future and want councillors to make sure their concerns are heard. We can still do that on line and by phone, even if we can’t door knock.”

In the meantime, executive decisions will be taken by individual cabinet members and will be published in the usual way. Emergency decisions that would normally require a decision of the full council will be taken by the head of paid service, Tom McCabe and will then be published.

At the moment, the council aims to hold its annual meeting on 4 May, subject to any updated advice from the Government.

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