I am pleased to advise that we are now in a position to offer the press and media the facility to remotely attend future Council and Committee meetings starting with the next meeting of our Governance and Scrutiny Committee on 22 April.
This will apply in respect of the full Council and all other main Committees and Panels, subject only to the normal provisions of the Local Government ( Scotland) Act 1973 as they relate to press and public access to meetings, and will remain in place at least until the current Public Health restrictions imposed by the Covid regulations are completely removed.
If you wish to remotely attend/observe any future meetings then please advise the Communications Team (Communications.PR@east-ayrshire.gov.uk) and we will arrange to have the appropriate link sent to you in advance of the meeting in question.
As you know, both the 1973 Act and the Council’s own Standing Orders in relation to the conduct of meetings place certain restrictions on members of the press and public when attending Council meetings and we obviously require to replicate those in the context of remote attendees.
The procedure for attending remote meetings will be as follows:
Finally, I would confirm that we are also currently making arrangements to introduce delayed broadcasting of our Council and Committee meetings, which will be subject to a report to Cabinet in due course and we will let you know more about that shortly.
Lynne Buchanan, Communications Manager, East Ayrshire Council.