Dorset Council publishes key decisions made during pandemic

A LIST of decisions made by Dorset Council as part of its COVID-19 emergency response has been published for review.

The decisions were made by senior officers and portfolio holders using delegated powers as outlined in the council’s constitution. They will now be reviewed by the council’s Resources Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday, June 2.

The use of delegated powers is required during crisis situations such as the COVID-19 outbreak so that critical decisions can be made quickly to respond to rapidly changing circumstances and to put appropriate arrangements in place.

The decisions made over recent weeks include:

  • Closure of council services including libraries, leisure centres, country parks, public toilets, household recycling centres and day centres
  • Agreement to relax off-peak bus pass criteria so they can be used before 9.30am
  • Temporary suspension of charges in all off street car parks
  • Donations of £1,000 to all Dorset foodbanks
  • Repurposing the Old Radio Station in Bridport Road, Dorchester, as a temporary mortuary to prepare for the possibility of a high death rate
  • Provide 250 laptops and 30 smartphones to vulnerable children and care leavers

In March, all council committee meetings were postponed as all such meetings had to be held in a physical space.

In April, government regulations ‘The Local Authorities (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Meetings) (England) Regulations) 2020’ came into force. The regulations allow committees to be held remotely. These include Cabinet, Audit & Governance, Area Planning Committees and Licensing Sub-committees.

A new web page details the meetings and how to watch them virtually. The page also details information about how submit questions to these meetings. Recordings are also available to view after they have ended.

Once the COVID-19 major incident is over, the council will resume its usual processes with key decisions made by councillors through committees.

The full list of decisions can by viewed by clicking here.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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