A LOCAL authority which has recently seen some of the longest meetings in its history has now held a meeting lasting just two minutes and 19 seconds.

The re-run of Darlington Borough Council’s annual flagship meeting was held in the town’s Dolphin Centre without any ceremony and councillors agreed to approve key appointments put forward by the authority’s leader Councillor Heather Scott without debate.

Last month’s mayor-making meeting had to be held again after a complaint was raised that the meeting papers had been sent out just six hours before the meeting, rather than the statutory seven days.

The gaffe at the authority’s first public meeting for 14 months left it facing possible legal challenges over councillors decisions. The error meant no councillors, including the mayor, were legally appointed or voted in at the ceremonial occasion on May 20 due to “procedural non-compliance”.