Oxford City Council will host its first online council meetings this week.
Councillors agreed to change the City Council’s constitution so that all council meetings can be held remotely for the foreseeable future because of the social distancing measures implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic.
From today (Monday 18 May 2020) all City Council meetings will be held online via Zoom (an app used for holding meetings via the internet).
Councillors will debate and take decisions at the meeting, supported by officers. Those who have registered to speak in accordance with the normal rules will be invited as attendees to join the remote meeting via Zoom, and then be invited to speak at the appropriate time.
Members of the public can watch livestreams of all meetings on the City Council’s YouTube channel on their computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone from the comfort of your home and anywhere in the world.
Agenda papers and meeting dates and times can be found on our Council Meetings pages or by downloading the Modgov app from the app store on any Android, Apple or Windows 10 device.
Meetings scheduled for May are:
- Monday 18 May at 3pm: East Area Planning Committee
- Tuesday 19 May at 3pm: West Area Planning Committee
- Wednesday 20 May at 4pm: Annual Council
- Thursday 21 May at 6pm and 6.15pm: Licensing Acts and Licensing & General Purposes Committees
“In these difficult times I am delighted we are still able to have publicly accessible online council and committee meetings to ensure the important work of local democratic decision making can continue.
“Social distancing measures implemented through the Coronavirus pandemic mean meetings are more likely to continue remotely for some time.”
Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council