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Virtual council meetings

The challenges presented by the coronavirus mean we are having to manage how we deliver key services safely, including adhering to social distancing guidelines, meaning forthcoming council meetings will be held remotely.

We have decided to stream meetings live over the internet using Microsoft Teams Live Events, enabling people (including council members) to attend in a virtual capacity. The meetings will no longer be held at the Civic Centre and people should not attend in person.

Technology requirements

There are a few minimum requirements to ensure you can watch the meetings:

  • Make sure your web browser allows third-party cookies
  • If you're viewing the meeting over the internet, use a media-source extension (MSE)-enabled web browser like Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. Safari is not currently supported
  • You need to download the Microsoft Teams app before the meeting starts. Instructions can be found here

How to watch a live meeting

We’ve prepared some easy-to-follow instructions on how you can watch a virtual council meeting on a PC or mobile device using Microsoft Teams.

These instructions will also be available with the agenda, along with a live meeting link. This link will be available at least 24 hours before the start of the meeting and will allow you to watch the live meeting as it is broadcast.

You will not be able to take part in the meeting via this link, and councillors will not know who is viewing the meeting. You can join, leave and rejoin the meeting at any time.

Once you have the app downloaded you can view future meetings simply by clicking the link in the meeting details. This will bring up Microsoft Teams automatically.

Calendar of meetings

All meeting details, including agendas, papers and links to the live broadcasts, can be accessed on the Calendar of Meetings page.