Access to some district council meetings may end

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PUBLIC and press access to some East Lindsey District Council meetings could soon be scrapped.

Up to now, anyone has been able to attend meetings of the scrutiny committees, one of whose functions is to provide challenge and hold the executive to account.

But under a proposed shake-up of the constitution, officers are recommending that these committees should be scrapped in favour of scrutiny and policy panels which “shall not be public meetings.” No minutes will be taken of the proceedings.

The only exception will come if individual members of the public are invited to give evidence as witnesses.

The proposed change is due to be discussed at meetings of the overview committee today, Wednesday November 9, and of the standards committee on Friday, November 11.