The sound of silence descended on South Holland District Council’s planning committee meeting when a brand new amplification system failed to work.
The new technology had been installed inthe council chamber on Tuesday, but when it came to ‘showtime’ at the meeting yesterday (Wednesday) evening, the microphones and webcast failed to work.
After a brief adjournment at the start of the meeting to see if the equipment could be fixed, committee chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones suggested to councillors that the meeting could not continue and a proper debate could not be held without proper amplfication in the chamber.
Coun Gambba-Jones also offered apologies to the members of the public who had come to speak at the meeting on various application due to be discussed.
A South Holland District Council spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise to everyone who was inconvenienced by the cancellation, especially those who took the time to attend last night.
“The decision was made because, in the absence of the microphone system, not everyone in attendance could hear clearly and take part in important discussion.
“We have apologised to the applicants directly and committed to take their applications to the next planning meeting on September 6. These applications will be heard first at that meeting. The decision to cancel was made by the chairman in conjunction with all committee members and communicated to the applicants.
“We instructed our contractor to look into the problem and are pleased to say it has now been rectified.”