Elections and decision making
The local elections and police and crime commissioner elections have been postponed for a year. No other elections, by-elections or referendums will be held.
We will not be holding an annual council meeting this year so our current Mayor, Councillor Nigel Sinden, and Deputy Mayor, Councillor James Bacon, will remain in post until next year.
Since government legislation changed in April, the council are now allowed to hold council and committee meetings virtually.
This allows decisions to be made whilst maintaing social distancing guidelines.
More details about virtual meetings, including how to watch them, can be found on our virtual meetings webpage.
On 18 March full council agreed urgent new rules to allow the managing director to make emergency* and urgent** decisions when councillors cannot meet.
Under this rule, the managing director must check with at least 4 members of the cabinet, one of whom must be an opposition councillor and one to be the leader or deputy leader of the council before making decisions.
*Emergencies include events covered by our emergency plan as well as unprecedented episodes, such as pandemics.
**Urgency means decisions essential to the council's operation during an emergency.
Now virtual meetings can be held, these emergency measures are no longer needed.
How our services are affected