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Newark and Sherwood and Rushcliffe council's cut meetings amid coronavirus but assure critical services will be unaffected




Newark and Sherwood District Council has cancelled two of its committee meetings that were due to happen this week.

Today's homes and communities and tomorrow's leisure and environment have both been cancelled as a precaution against coronavirus.

The meetings of the licensing and general purposes committees that were scheduled for Thursday of last week were cancelled.

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District council leader David Lloyd said: “In response to the outbreak, Newark and Sherwood District Council has put in place arrangements to ensure critical services can continue to be provided.

"Wherever possible, we are continuing with a ‘business as usual’ approach and are liaising with our partners and other local authorities to ensure delivery of these services.

"At all times the safety and health of our residents and staff is our top priority and we have ensured that advice on health and hygiene from Public Health England has been shared publicly.”

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Rushcliffe Borough Council has confirmed selected council meetings will not take place until at least July in light of the emerging COVID-19 situation.

The authority’s scrutiny, licensing, standards and corporate overview groups will now not sit at its Rushcliffe Arena base in the coming months.

However, its planning committee and cabinet will continue to meet as planned with its April 9 and May 14 and the April 7 and May 12 meetings respectively set to go ahead.

These dates will be further reviewed as necessary.

Its annual council meeting is now planned to take place on July 2 with an extra council meeting to be planned for later that month for ordinary business subject to diary availability.

Chief executive Kath Marriott said: “We are reassuring all residents and councillors that postponing these meetings is part of pre-cautionary measures around COVID-19.

"The council will continue to deliver its statutory functions and services.”

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