Friday, October 7, 2022

Thurrock Council meeting descends into chaos

By Local Democracy Reporter: Christine Sexton

A THURROCK Council meeting had to be adjourned after it descended into chaos because of technical glitches.

The full council met on Wednesday evening at the Thameside theatre because social distancing rules meant they couldn’t use the council chamber.

However, technicians struggled to make microphones work and councillors were indistinguishable in the dingy light and the meeting ended after an hour.

Mayor Sue Shinnick and her council struggled on bravely, trying to ignore a barrage of microphones being waved in front of them before finally throwing in the towel.

The Mayor said: “Basically the sound wasn’t coming across. I vaguely heard councillors but then had to put my hand up to say I couldn’t hear. All the leaders agreed we should adjourn for ten minutes to give the technicians a chance to get it working.”

The meeting resumed but things went from bad to worse.

Ms Shinnick added: “At one point I had three microphones in front of me and then the tech guys came in with microphones on long poles but it didn’t really work. It went downhill and we had to adjourn the meeting. We will be looking for an alternative venue for the next meeting.”

The meeting has been rescheduled to take place on July 21. The council meeting due to take place on that date will moved to July 28.

Councillors had been due to hear petitions from the public, the overview and scrutiny committee’s annual report and reports from cabinet members for housing, health and wellbeing and transport and highways.

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