To receive a presentation with information regarding the Property Services response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Panel considered a presentation of the Director of Culture, Communities and Business Services regarding the Property Services response to the pandemic and the impact upon operations.
Members heard that the initial response in the early days of the pandemic and lockdown had incorporated the necessary closure of facilities whilst ensuring operational continuity for key services across the estate of the County Council and partners Police and Fire. More recently, it was noted that the recovery phase had been supporting the safe re-opening of buildings in accordance with Government guidelines and the restarting of work temporarily paused in exiting buildings. Construction activities on stand alone sites were able to continue once safe procedures had been established and programmes remained largely unaffected.
The Panel discussed the options for future working arrangements and how office space and the use of technology may impact going forward.
That the Panel agreed:
i. To note the contents of the presentation.
ii. To thank officers for their significant efforts during this challenging time.