The Annual General Meeting of Hounslow Council has been postponed. It was to have taken place in May 2020, but has been postponed until May 2021, ‘to allow the Council to continue concentrating on responding to the coronavirus crisis and supporting our most vulnerable residents in the community and supporting business’.
The decision to put it off for a year has been made with cross party agreement. The Mayor, Cllr Tony Louki, who acts as Chair of the Council, said the decision was sensible and pragmatic.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran said:
“I fully endorse the recommendation made by the Mayor to the Chief Executive, I know residents and businesses will expect the Council to focus 100 per cent on managing the coronavirus. These are unprecedented times and the pressure on the NHS, the Council and all other public bodies is enormous, and it is right that we focus on the business at hand for the benefit of all.”
Leader of the Opposition Cllr Joanna Biddolph said:
“We looked at what other local authorities are doing and considered a delay until the autumn as well as the fact that Hounslow House does not yet have the technology to hold large meetings by video conference. Supporting residents and businesses through this crisis is our primary concern so, despite our reluctance from a democratic point of view, we agreed that the AGM should be postponed until May 2021”.