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Council meetings during the mourning period

Councillors and democracy

09 September 2022

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Following the sad news regarding Queen Elizabeth II, North Northamptonshire Council is required to plan for the conduct of council business during the period of mourning.

While the delivery of council services to the public will continue, in relation to the decision-making process, protocol dictates the authority should not hold meetings at this time.

To comply with both statutory requirements and protocol, the following is being actioned for these meetings:

  • Democracy and Standards Committee: 12 September 2022
  • Wellingborough Area Planning Committee: 14 September 2022
  • Executive meeting: 15 September 2022

As a summons and agenda have already been issued for these meetings – they are not cancelled and will take place.

However, after opening the meeting, registering apologies and observing a minute’s silence, the chairman will request that an adjournment motion be moved and seconded. A vote will then be taken, with the meeting adjourned.

This procedure will ensure that statutory requirements are met whilst observing the period of national mourning.

The scheduled Strategic Planning Committee on Monday, 19 September 2022 has been cancelled and an alternative date and time will be announced in due course.

The Employment Committee meeting due to be held on Thursday, 8 September 2022 was adjourned following the news of the Queen’s death.