INVERCLYDE Council has cancelled all its committee and sub-committee meetings to help stop the spread of coronavirus by reducing face-to-face contact between councillors, the public and council officers.
The powers exercised by committees and sub-committees will now be administered by the council’s six strong, all party, policy and resources executive sub-committee.
It is made of councillors Stephen McCabe, convener, Jim Clocherty, vice-convener, Ronnie Ahlfeld, Chris McEleny, Elizabeth Robertson and David Wilson.
Meetings of the general purposes board and licensing board have also been postponed until further notice.
Councillor McCabe, leader of Inverclyde Council, said, “We have not taken this decision lightly and I can assure the people of Inverclyde that these emergency measures will be revoked as soon as possible.
“It is important for us to set an example in terms of social distancing while making sure that the essential business of local government goes on uninterrupted.
“These emergency arrangements will help minimise face-to-face meetings while still allowing us to effectively manage urgent Council business. We will also be using tele-conferencing where possible.”
Steps are also being taken to minimise the possible effect on the community in terms of general purpose licensing timescales. This may involve the extension of certain licences and changing the interval between renewals.