Coronavirus: Council postpones key annual meeting

PUBLISHED: 11:32 27 April 2020 | UPDATED: 11:32 27 April 2020

East Suffolk Council's main headquarters in Lowestoft. Picture: Thomas Chapman

East Suffolk Council's main headquarters in Lowestoft. Picture: Thomas Chapman


A key council meeting into how East Suffolk’s economy will recover from the coronavirus pandemic has been postponed as the nationwide lockdown continues.

East Suffolk Council’s annual meeting, which was scheduled to be held on Wednesday, May 20, has been pushed back until late in September due to continued social distancing.

Councillors say the decision to push the meeting back was taken after new regulations came into force, giving local authorities more flexibility regarding when they hold their meetings as the pandemic continues.

Stressing the importance of councillors meeting in person, leader of the council Steve Gallant said: “I do believe it is important that we aim to hold an annual meeting as soon as it is reasonably practical.

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“Hopefully, this will demonstrate a return to some sense of normality. It will allow us to look to the future and reflect on the past.”

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The annual meeting, which sees new appointments to key council roles and committees, will now take place at 4.30pm on Wednesday, September 23.

Until then all existing appointments will remain in place, including the current chairman and vice chairman of the council.

Steve Gallant added: “[The postponement] will allow us to formally acknowledge and thank the officers and our communities for the outstanding work which they have carried out during this time. It will allow us to consider the recovery of our economy, and to reflect on the legacy of this unexpected period of our history.”

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