Decision details

Bilsdale Transmitter – Concerns of Richmond ACC

Decision Maker: Chief Executive Officer

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Members of the Richmond Area Constituency Committee agreed that a letter be sent to the Constituency MP, Rishi Sunak, and his representative, Malcolm Warne, outlining their concerns regarding the disruption to television, radio and communication services, particularly for elderly and vulnerable residents, following the fire at the Bilsdale Transmitter, their concerns in respect of the delays that have emerged in rectifying the situation and a call for compensation for those adversely affected. The Chief Executive Officer agreed that the letter be sent in accordance with the wishes of the Committee.

By whom: Richard Flinton, Chief Executive Officer, under his emergency delegated powers and after consultation with the Richmond Area Constituency Committee.

Please note that usually a non-key executive decision by an officer is not open to call-in, however in a spirit of transparency such decisions by the Chief Executive Officer under his emergency delegated powers WILL be open to call in.

Reasons for the decision:

Under his delegated decision making powers in the Officers’ Delegation Scheme in the Council’s Constitution, the Chief Executive Officer has power, in cases of emergency, to take any decision which could be taken by the Council, the Executive or a committee.

Following on from the expiry of the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the 2020 Regulations”), which allowed for committee meetings to be held remotely, the County Council resolved at its meeting on 5 May 2021 that, for the present time, in light of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic circumstances, remote live-broadcast committee meetings should continue, with any formal decisions required being taken by the Chief Executive Officer under his emergency decision making powers and after consultation with other Officers and Members as appropriate and after taking into account any views of the relevant Committee Members. This approach was reviewed by full Council at its July meeting and will be the subject of a further review at the November meeting of the full Council.

The Chief Executive Officer took all relevant information into account in exercising his emergency delegated powers in this matter, including considering the views of the members of the Richmond Area Constituency Committee, and agreed the Minutes as a correct record.

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 13/09/2021

Effective from: 21/09/2021