Virtual Meetings Continue Until April 2021
Argyll and Bute Council to hold virtual meetings until April.
14:08 30 September 2020
Argyll and Bute councillors have approved proposals to continue virtual meetings until April 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following the approval, council chiefs have asked to address technical glitches and connectivity issues that they have experienced in past meetings by bringing the technology they use up to date.
Council and committee meetings, including the powerful policy and resources committee, will now resume. However, the temporary business committee is still suspended until further notice.
Kintyre councillor John Armour has commented on the technical issues affecting the meetings. He said: “The problems have been highlighted today in that Councillor Blair was cut off just as we were voting on the previous motion on the Boundary Commission. To me, that is not good enough.
“On this occasion it would not have made any difference had Councillor Blair been able to vote but had that been a crucial vote where it could have swayed one way or the other, that would have been different.
“Something needs to be done to ensure that does not happen in future.”
Councillor Rory Colville, who missed the start of the meeting, said: “This morning the problem was at my end, with the lack of broadband width. If I use video conferencing I will lose my voice.
“I think IT are looking at all the options, but this is Argyll and Bute and we do have connectivity problems at individual households. It will never be perfect but it works.”