Governance Committee agrees way forward on council meetings until July 2020

This will allow for a focus on priority and essential business whilst in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.


Release date: 21 May 2020

A decision on which council meetings will take place between now and the end of July has been taken by West Sussex County Council.

The decision by the Governance Committee at its meeting on Wednesday 20 May, will allow for a focus on priority and essential business whilst in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cabinet meetings will continue to be held monthly for collective decision making as well as for updates on and the impact of Covid-19 and the Council’s response. 

Scrutiny Committees will continue to meet to consider proposals that the Cabinet is expected to consider.

The Council’s Audit Committee will also still meet as planned as will the Full Council meeting on 17 July and the agenda for this Council meeting will be settled towards the end of June.

Some other meetings will be cancelled or postponed, particularly where there is no urgent or time critical matters to be dealt with.

The current plans will run to the end of July 2020.

All County Local Committee (CLC) meetings have been cancelled up to the end of July.

Community Initiative Fund (local small grants) and Traffic Regulation Order (small road schemes) decisions, which are currently taken at CLCs, will still be considered by the members of the committee informally and completed without the need for a meeting.

Janet Duncton, Chairman of the Council and Governance Committee, said: “At such a difficult time, it is really important that the democratic process remains in place as much as is practicable. But we also need to be able to prioritise matters which will have an immediate impact on residents across the county.

“We will keep arrangements for our meetings under review as we move towards the next phase of the public health emergency.”

Meetings still scheduled to take place will be audiocast and it is hoped that meetings will be videocast in the coming month.

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