Ryedale District Council has held its first live streamed Council meeting, with over 100 people watching it online.

The success of the online event means that the district council is now looking into hosting further live streamed Council meetings to ensure visibility in democracy, especially in these unprecedented times.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council meetings were not able to take place, but democratic meetings have been reinstated.

After a thorough rigorous process, which took into account current Government guidelines, health and safety risk assessments and the number of cases of COVID-19 in Ryedale, the decision was taken to hold a full Council meeting, in-person on Thursday 10 September.

Strict social distancing measures were in place, along with rigorous health and safety procedures. 29 Councillors attended. The number of other attendees, including council officers, was limited in order to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to adhere to health and safety measures.

Since the live streaming of the meeting was so well-received by citizens, Ryedale District Council is now looking to make more Council meetings accessible to the public online.

Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council said:

““We’re delighted to see so many citizens watched the live stream of our full Council meeting, which was the first since COVID-19 struck. It was much more than expected, and we'll be looking at continuing this.

"The meeting itself was also a great success, with councillors debating a range of issues on behalf of local people. All councillors felt it was important to show civic leadership at this unprecedented time, and that's what we did safely and successfully thanks to a great effort from our officers."