Residents will be able to keep up-to-date with major Chichester District Council decisions when its public meetings start to be streamed live online this week.

Meetings were cancelled in March as a result of the coronavirus restrictions. A major upgrade has now been completed to online meeting software which will allow members of the public to watch planning meetings, Cabinet and Full Council meetings as they happen.

The first meeting to be conducted this way will be Full Council on Tuesday 19 May.

Members of the public can access meetings by visitinghttp://chichester.nucast.live/  where they will wait in a virtual ‘meeting room’ for a few moments before being admitted.

As well as watching them live, members of the public can also listen back to audio recordings of the meetings which can be accessed via the council’s website. These are available shortly after the meeting has finished.

Members of the public who would like to speak at a planning committee meeting need to register online at www.chichester.gov.uk/speakerform  by 5pm the day before the meeting is due to take place. Participants will be asked if they would like to provide a statement to be read out or whether they would prefer to address the committee virtually.

Anyone wishing to speak at any other public meeting is asked to contactdemocraticservices@chichester.gov.uk with their name, address and contact telephone number at least two working days before the meeting.

Dates, papers and links to audio recordings for Chichester District Council meetings can be found at https://chichester.moderngov.co.uk/Meetings