Timing of meetings not to change as motion lost

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An idea to change the start time for important council meetings to allow more people to attend has been defeated.

Members of Babergh District Council’s development committee discussed scheduling meetings for late afternoons or evenings on Wednesday.

The idea was floated in an attempt to encourage increased numbers of supporters and objectors to turn out for decisions on planning applications. Meetings of the committee currently take place at 9.30am.

However, councillors went against the proposals and agreed that meetings should remain at their present time slot.