Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet hosted its first live online Q&A session on Wednesday 8 April. Councillors answered various queries and topics sent in by the public during the 40-minute discussion.
Leader Cllr Stephen Robinson explained how the Council has changed its ways of working in the crisis, to keep key services going. Deputy Leader Marie Goldman fielded a wide range of incoming questions to cabinet colleagues.
Cllr Rose Moore, the deputy Cabinet member for Safer Chelmsford, talked about the city’s parks during the lockdown period and answered questions from residents about bin collections and waste – a service which is operating as usual. Cllr Chris Davidson (Fairer Chelmsford) took enquiries about Council Tax and Cllr Mike Mackrory (Greener Chelmsford) about the support available for local businesses.
Like many millions of others across the country, Cabinet members are working from home and Council Leader Stephen Robinson is hoping this sort of session will be a new way to keep in touch. He said
"Councillors want to be out and about in their communities but, as that is not allowed, we are using online technology, and working as hard as ever for the city on behalf of residents.
"Online conferencing is a great way for us to connect with the people we represent, and this Q&A is just the start of things to come. For some time, we have been looking into putting meetings online, even when we are back having meetings in the Civic Centre.”
The panel answered questions sent in advance and posted on Facebook during the live stream, which went on air at 7pm. Cllr Marie Goldman, the Council’s Deputy Leader, says she’s keen to keep this conversation going:
"This session has helped us to find out what people are concerned about during this very difficult time and to share important information about your key Council services. It’s given us lots of ideas for the future, so please get in touch through @ChelmsCouncil on Facebook and Twitter or via the Council’s website if there’s something you’d like us to tackle during the next one."
The latest information on all Chelmsford City Council services during the COVID-19 pandemic is regularly updated at https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/coronavirus/ and details of the next live Q&A will be posted on Facebook and Twitter.
A video of the Q&A can also be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChelmsCouncil/videos/150824852990668/
Thursday 9 April 2020