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Decision details

Approval for closure of City Hall, Salisbury

Decision Maker: Jessica Gibbons (Director - Communities and Neighbourhood Services)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To close City Hall Salisbury to public use and suspend all planned activity until 13 June 2020 at the earliest.

Reasons for the decision:

This decision would in other circumstances be taken by Cabinet. However, in circumstances where the Cabinet is unable to meet to expedite its functions in a timely manner during the COVID-19 pandemic, this decision is being taken in accordance with the power referred to in paragraph 1 above. This decision will be reported to the next meeting of Cabinet.

The decision follows government advice on the closure of places of public entertainment and mass gatherings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as per the Prime Minister’s statement of 16 March:

I confirm that in making this decision I have considered the following in line with Wiltshire Council’s Constitution:

Key decision requirements: To approve closure of City Hall Salisbury as a public venue with suspension of all planned activity up to and including 12 June 2020.

Views of relevant cabinet member(s), committee chairman, area board(s): Yes. The Leader has been updated on a daily basis and involved other cabinet members as necessary.

Consideration of the area boards and delegated decision checklist for officers on the issue of when and how to involve local councillors and area boards in decisions about local services: n/a

Implication of any council policy, initiative, strategy or procedure: Yes

Consultation in accordance with requirements and expectations of consultation with the public: Consultation was not possible in the timescale of the decision

Range of options available: Closure considered the only option due to advice from HM Government.

Staffing, financial and legal implications: 8.5 FTE staff directly affected.
63 variable hours staff directly affected. Business Manager working with event organisers to reschedule events where possible to minimise financial implications to council.

Risk assessment: No health and safety risks. Building will be checked on weekly basis. Full checks will be undertaken prior to reopening to staff and public. Financial risk as above. Reputational risk managed by clear communication to public particularly ticket holders of events directly affected.

Involvement of statutory officers and/or directors: Y

Regional or national guidance from other bodies:Guidance from HM Government.

The council’s constitution: Y

This contract is suitable for execution under the e-signature process: N/A

Alternative options considered:

No other options were practical given the implications of acting on HM Government national advice.

Conflict of Interest: None

Background: Pursuant to paragraph 4 of Part 3 Section D, the Directors of Wiltshire Council are is empowered to take all necessary decisions in cases of emergency. This decision is being taken by Jessica Gibbons using these powers in circumstances where the Director concerned believes that there is a risk of damage to property, a threat to the health or wellbeing of an individual and/or that the interests of the Council may be compromised if this decision is not otherwise taken.

Contact: Jessica Gibbons Director of Communities and Neighbourhood Services Email: jessica.gibbons@Wiltshire.gov.uk.

Publication date: 18/05/2020

Date of decision: 17/03/2020

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