September 25, 2021

Newyddion Cymru Ar-Lein : Wales News Online

Newyddion Lleol a Chenedlaethol Cymru – Local and National News for Wales

COUNCILLORS in Swansea are being asked about the pros and cons of remote meetings and which ones should be face-to-face, remote or a mixture of both.

Face-to-face meetings in the Guildhall ended in March 2020 when the Covid crisis hit.

There are 38 council committees and panels which make key decisions on expenditure, planning applications and licensing matters, and give opposition councillors a chance to scrutinise the ruling administration. Some of these are broadcast live.

A questionnaire is being sent to councillors and also officers to ask what works well and what doesn’t, and which meetings they’d choose to attend in person.

The questionnaire was raised at a democratic services committee meeting, where Cllr Matthew Jones said he’d only met one other councillor – apart from his Llansamlet ward colleagues – since he was elected in May this year.

“What you don’t get is that social element,” said Cllr Jones.

But he said remote meetings gave him a better