The Town Clerk opened the meeting by introducing herself.
The Town Clerk highlighted that the meeting was being recorded as well as live streamed and would be made available on the City Corporation’s YouTube page for a period of time after the meeting had concluded. It was confirmed that all personal data would be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. The Town Clerk highlighted that, for further information on this, viewers could contact the City Corporation using the details provided on the public webpages.
The Town Clerk also reminded Members, and any members of the public observing the meeting on-line, that this was an informal meeting and that any views reached by the Committee today would therefore have to be considered by the Chief Operating Officer or those deputising for her after the meeting in accordance with the Court of Common Council’s COVID Approval Procedure and that they would make a formal decision having considered all relevant matters. The Town Clerk highlighted that this process reflected the current position in respect of the holding of formal Local Authority meetings and the Court of Common Council’s decision of 16th December 2021 to recommence hybrid meetings and take formal decisions through a delegation to the Town Clerk and other officers nominated by him after the informal meeting has taken place and the will of the Committee was known in open session. Details of all decisions taken under the COVID Approval Procedure would be available online via the City Corporation’s webpages.
A roll call of Members present was undertaken.
The Chairman then welcomed all in the room and online to the meeting. He went on to pay a special tribute to Debbie Howard, Superintendent of Spitalfields Market at this, her last meeting of the Markets Committee, before her retirement. The Chairman reported that Debbie had worked at the City Corporation for 16 years and praised her work and efforts throughout her time here.
Apologies were received from Peter Bennett and Alderman and Sheriff Alison Gowman.