Our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) response
You are all aware of the rapidly-developing problems caused by the COVID-19 virus.
For this reason, the Chairman of the Parish Council, Sally Reeves, following advice received
from Suffolk Association of Local Councils and the National Association of Local Councils
(NALC) has decided to suspend all public meetings of the council for the time being to
protect all residents, staff and councillors.
NALC strongly encourages councillors and staff to follow government guidance on social
distancing and self-isolation. This is particularly important if anyone is in an at-risk group as
identified by the guidance. The health and safety of councillors, staff and the public is the
primary concern of the Parish Council. We have been advised that if local councils do follow
government guidance on social distancing and social isolation and so they do not hold
scheduled meetings, including annual council meetings, NALC’s opinion is that the likelihood
of a successful legal challenge is low.
Government guidance on holding meetings remotely has been issued and Legislation has
now been passed to enable Parish Councils to hold meetings virtually and in line with the
changes, Stowupland Parish Council will be holding virtual meetings using Zoom video
technology under “The Local Authorities & Police & Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of
Local Authority & Police & Crime Panel Meetings) (England & Wales) Regulations 2020.”
The council’s work will of course continue and be effective.
Stay safe and look out for your vulnerable neighbours!