Council postpones “big decisions” – so staff and cllrs can watch the football

Canterbury City Council's Military Road office

England’s first football World Cup semi-final for 28 years has presented Canterbury City Council with something of a problem.

Should it proceed with its policy resources committee which was due to kick-off at the same time as England’s match with Croatia – or should it postpone the meeting?

The meeting, after all, has been tabled to discuss weighty matters such as proposed changes to parish boundaries, the appointment of a councillor working group for seaside pleasure boats, the corporate health and safety policy and a review of the Article 4 direction in conservation areas.

Ultimately, the authority has decided to put the meeting back a week.

A council spokesman said: “We’re chuffed to bits England is due to face Croatia in the World Cup semi final at 7pm on Wednesday night – the same time as our policy and resources committee was due to meet with a pretty packed agenda.

“So we’ve put our meeting back to July 18 so the public, councillors and officers can concentrate on the game then focus on the big decisions the following week.”

The rearranged meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, July 18. It is open to the public.


  1. That’s nice for them what about the rest of us that will have to work hopefully they will make up the time they will spend watching football ,


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