The May 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Council has been postponed until May 2021
Published: Tuesday, 28th April 2020
The May 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Council has been postponed until May 2021, to allow the Council to continue concentrating on responding to the coronavirus crisis and supporting our most vulnerable residents in the community and supporting business.
In discussions between the Mayor, Cllr Tony Louki, Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran and Leader of the Opposition, Cllr Joanna Biddolph cross party agreement has been reached to support the Mayor’s recommendation to postpone the AGM.
The Mayor, as Chair of the Council, has concluded this is a sensible and pragmatic decision, he said: “My decision to ask the Chief Executive to postpone the AGM is in line with the new regulations introduced by the Government to allow Councils to work more flexibly during the crisis to meet the needs of their residents. I will continue to support the Council through my role as Mayor to do everything I can to ensure that we support vulnerable residents. I would like to take this opportunity to thank community groups, local volunteers and businesses that have done so much to help the Council and their communities”.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran said: “I fully endorse the recommendation made by the Mayor to the Chief Executive, I know residents and businesses will expect the Council to focus 100 per cent on managing the coronavirus. These are unprecedented times and the pressure on the NHS, the Council and all other public bodies is enormous, and it is right that we focus on the business at hand for the benefit of all.”
Leader of the Opposition Cllr Joanna Biddolph said: “We looked at what other local authorities are doing and considered a delay until the autumn as well as the fact that Hounslow House does not yet have the technology to hold large meetings by video conference. Supporting residents and businesses through this crisis is our primary concern so, despite our reluctance from a democratic point of view, we agreed that the AGM should be postponed until May 2021”.