County Council meetings suspended with immediate effect

West Sussex County Council has today announced that it will suspend meetings of council members until the end of April


Release date: 17 March 2020

West Sussex County Council has today announced that it will suspend meetings of council members until the end of April in light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

The following meetings will therefore not take place:

  • Full Council – April 3.
  • Fire and Rescue Scrutiny - 18 March.
  • Performance and Finance Scrutiny - 19th March.
  • RAAC - 23 March.
  • Planning 24 March and 28 April – and also the planned site visit in member diaries.
  • SACRE - 28 March.
  • Children and Young People Scrutiny – TFG - 7 April and meeting 23 April.
  • Governance - 20 April.
  • Pensions Panel - 27 April.
  • Health and Wellbeing Board - 30 April.
  • CLCs and the highways and transport groups in Arun CLC areas.

Decision making will now be taken by individual cabinet members or by using the council’s arrangements for urgent action but some decisions, where practical, will be postponed. We will try to ensure as much involvement as possible by elected members in these decisions.

However some decisions are time sensitive and must be taken despite the current situation. A decision on the future of small, rural schools is still scheduled to be made at a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet as planned although arrangements for public attendance at this meeting is being reviewed in line with guidance. Planning Committee decisions will be deferred where this is possible to a later meeting but specific decisions may need to be taken in line with urgent action.

Paul Marshall, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “Clearly these are unchartered waters for the whole country and it is vital we keep people safe as we, as a nation, navigate this situation. However there is incredibly important work and decisions that need to continue despite this global pandemic and we are working through the detail as to how we can do that and continue to uphold our democratic purpose as we look after our residents. This Council is still committed to keeping its decision making processes transparent and open and we will continue to do that. This is an ongoing and changeable situation and we will continue to keep you updated as we move forward.”

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