With recent council meetings cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, the Co-operative Alliance at Lewes District Council plan to hold their first ‘remote’ Cabinet meeting on May 7.
Council officers are testing various IT systems and meeting platforms to ensure residents are able to access the meeting online and hear the debate as it happens.
Members of the public can submit questions as usual and invitations are being issued in the normal way to other key members of the council.
The Cabinet agenda will be available online at www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk five days before the meeting, in the usual way.
Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District Council, said:
“It is really important that council business continues, albeit in extraordinary times, and mindful that our first priority is supporting our communities through this crisis.
“The meeting on May 7 will allow us to consider various local issues, make decisions accordingly and at the same time, remain open and accessible to public scrutiny.
“While I won’t promise that there won’t be the occasional glitch in the technology, I know that council officers are working hard to put a system in place that will be the next best thing to meeting together at Southover House.”
Anyone who would like to access the meeting live should visit our website from 2:45pm on May 7.
Councillor Nicholson added:
“Along with my Co-operative Alliance colleagues I’ve been meeting with council officers regularly online and I know that all our senior officers are in constant contact with each other, discussing day-to-day action in response to the coronavirus crisis.
“I’m very proud of what has been achieved so far and hope that local people and businesses have taken some comfort from the measures we have put in place to support them.”