Chichester Observer

In-person council meetings are back on after ruling

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Safety will be the key word for Chichester District Council after a High Court ruling signalled the end of online meetings from May 7.

When the pandemic hit, the government introduced temporary legislatio­n to allow local authority meetings to be held online. But the news that this cannot carry on without a change in the law, means councils will have to find ways to continue their meetings in public while also keeping councillor­s, staff and the public safe.

Some councils have had to find larger venues and, while Chichester District Council did explore that option, it was decided that the committee rooms at East Pallant House would be suitable.

A spokesman said: “The safety of our staff, councillor­s and visitors is our top priority and so we have introduced lots of additional measures to make our committee meeting spaces Covid secure.

“This includes additional spacing; screens between tables; and a change to the layout of the room, amongst other things.”

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