An online thank-you to all helpers
Publish Date: 26 May 2020
Wealden District Council held its first ever Full Council meeting online last week, with 39 of its 45 councillors taking part.
Council Chairman Pam Doodes praised how well individuals, clubs and societies in Wealden’s various communities have responded to the Covid-19 Crisis.
“There are people living amongst us who are struggling for a variety of reasons and will continue to need a helping hand for some time to come,” she said. “I want thank all of you who shop, collect prescriptions, prepare and deliver meals, walk dogs, telephone, arrange online entertainment such as quizzes and contribute through a multitude of other large and small kindnesses.
“I am really proud to say that Wealden has risen to the challenge. Essential services have continued and members and staff have adapted to the new way of working.”
Council Leader Bob Standley praised the way the Council and the community had gone “the extra mile”:
“I would particularly like to thank the staff of the Council, many of whom have been re-deployed and asked to provide different services. Since the Crisis began, our Community Hub has taken over 980 calls and the Council had paid out more than £34 million in support to local businesses.
“These grants have been a lifeline to those businesses. We know it is going to be challenging over the next few months for businesses. We are now looking at the recovery stage. Getting our economy moving again is going to be absolutely fundamental.”
The meeting of Full Council was followed by the Annual Meeting of Wealden District Council. Both the Council Chairman, Cllr Pam Doodes, and Vice-Chairman, Cllr Ron Reed, were re-elected for a second term. Wealden’s Cabinet, and committee chairmen and vice-chairmen, were re-appointed unopposed.
The Council continues to provide its services and a wide range of additional support during the Covid-19 crisis, with most of its staff and councillors operating from home.
Wealden District Council’s meetings are now taking place using online video conferencing technology until further notice. You can watch the meetings live or catch up with them later by visiting the Agendas and Minutes page on the Wealden website. Go to the page of the relevant committee and meeting date. The link to the YouTube recording will be found in the Media section on that page.