Lichfield District Council is set to live-stream council meetings on its YouTube channel from May, starting with planning committee on Tuesday 5 May 2020.

Using the flexibility provided by recent regulations made under the Coronavirus Act 2020, the council has been working to hold its meetings virtually using online technology.

From May, a number of the council’s regular meetings will be hosted via Zoom, using a range of functions within the software to replicate physical meetings. They will be live-streamed over the council’s YouTube channel to provide the public and press access to the meetings.

Councillor Angela Lax, Cabinet Member for Legal & Regulatory Services, said: “The democratic work of the council must continue despite lockdown, and I am really grateful for the teams at the council who’ve worked tirelessly to develop and test this innovative system.

“We used the time available in our committee meeting calendar to learn from others and follow government guidance to introduce a best practice approach that ensures heightened security, provides additional functionality and ensures a long-term, sustainable solution.

“The way we will be live-streaming the meetings is truly transparent and means that anyone who is interested in the democratic process can follow them live and find out how important local decisions are made, using just an internet browser and without the need for any additional software or online accounts.”

Meetings will be held in this way for the foreseeable future. Planning committee will take place on Tuesday 5 May from 6pm. This will be followed by a cabinet meeting on Tuesday 12 May also starting at 6pm.

To find out more, including how to watch the council meetings live and where to access meeting reports, go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/livemeetings.