Wednesday 29th April saw the landmark, first of its kind, virtual meeting of Arun District Council, via Zoom. The Lib Dem led Cabinet meeting was streamed live for members of the public to view in real time.
The meeting was successfully chaired by Lib Dem Arun District Council Leader Dr James Walsh, and was conducted with excellent levels of participation from all, including questions submitted ahead of time by members of the opposition.
Members of the cabinet received praise during the meeting, in particular Cllr Pauline Gregory (LD - Rustington), Cabinet Member for Housing.
Naturally, much of the meeting discussed decisions taken during the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and how it has affected Arun District.
However, one unrelated policy discussed with the future of the District in mind, was the decision to work together with West Sussex County Council to install car charging points across Arun on council owned land. This will be at no cost to Arun, but will go some considerable way to creating the opportunity for people to make the decision to move away from petrol and diesel vehicles and speaks to the administrations' commitment to addressing climate and environmental issues.
The next meeting to be streamed via Zoom will be the Annual Council Meeting on 20th May. This will be the first meeting of its kind in Arun, bringing together all 54 councillors since the start of the lockdown.
The meeting will begin at 6pm as normal, and the link to view the meeting, streamed live, will be published 24 hours in advance on the Arun District Council website and facebook pages.