Richard Leese
Sir Richard Leese will arrange for executive powers to be brought in

Manchester prepares for ‘essential delegations’ of power

Chloé Vaughan

The council has announced that its “key meetings” scheduled for this week will go ahead as normal, and that these will be the last until the Governmental lockdown has been relaxed or removed.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council said: “Key meetings of the council will continue this week as we work through the Covid-19 outbreak to ensure we can maintain the necessary executive power to legally act on behalf of the people of Manchester.”

Leese explained that at the full council meeting tomorrow will be held to agree the essential delegations which will “ensure critical services [to] keep running” but with the minimum amount of people required to ensure legal processes.

The council meeting will be held in the council chamber “to ensure attendees can spread out and observe the necessary socially distancing measures in place to minimise the potential risk of spreading the virus, and it will be webcast as normal. 

“Legally, members have to be physically present for the meeting to be valid but this will be the last such meeting until the lockdown is relaxed. As many council meetings as possible have moved online already with key staff and executive members working from home.”

Leese concluded that “we must all play our part during this time to help prevent the spread of the virus and I would thank residents again for being guided by advice from public health. Manchester will be a different place in the coming weeks, but together we will get through this.”

The next planning meeting was due to be held on 9 April.

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S78 of the Coronavirus Bill, if passed as currentrly drafted, will give LPA’s the option for planning meetings to be held without all persons having to be “in the same place”.

By Lee

Like closing facilities when people are obviously at home under rule for safety reasons yet the rubbish will build quicker and cause even more infestation than we already suffer

By Thomas bell

In modern times, and in particular the crisis we find ourselves in, the leader of Manchester Council finds it vital to have a full face to face council meeting. Whilst as many as possible are self isolating and trying to follow the government guidelines, this beggars belief.

By David Moores

Why stop green bin collections when people are at home n doing their gardens should have stopped blue n collected green that week your inviting vermin to increase I’ve got 2 full bins now this not encouraging recycling I know it hardbut this needs rethinking

By Anne Woodward

The bin collection must continue… you will only cause further health problems and make us more susceptible to the Coronavirus. Whoever thought it should stop is as bright as a total eclipse of the sun.

By Mike Morris