Photo of outside of Hailsham Town Council officesTown councillors were informed by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) that, due to the expiry on 7th May of coronavirus regulations that have allowed local authorities to hold meetings remotely during the pandemic, meetings of Full Council and individual committees must revert to being in-person from this date.

In March 2020, the government’s Coronavirus Act allowed councils and local authorities to overlook sections of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960, which state that “any meeting of a body exercising public functions…… shall be open to the public.” Consequently, this allowed online/remote meetings to be held instead.