Monday, 11 May 2020

Campaign reply - Stand with me for a democratic planning system

A number of constituents have recently contacted as part of the campaign ‘stand with me for a democratic planning system’

While the Government has had to put in changes to the way in which local councils can safely operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is up to the individual council as to how they conduct them.

In Cornwall Council’s case it has chosen to not hold any formal meetings at all, so far, during the pandemic.

I have included a link to their changes below for your convenience:

Other councils have been able to hold virtual meetings and discuss planning matters during the pandemic and it is disappointing that Cornwall Council has not been able to do this yet.

It would also be easy using existing technology, to allow members of the public to attend and participate in these meetings.

I suggest residents with concerns about how Cornwall Council is doing business to contact their local Cornwall Councillor about this. You can find out who your Cornwall Councillor is by putting your postcode into the below link:

Nonetheless I hope that this way of working, which is necessary under the current circumstances but not ideal, will only last for as long as the lockdown restrictions last, and that regular meetings and participation will be restored as soon as it is safe to do so.