Cheshire East Council to hold first ‘virtual’ cabinet meeting


Cheshire East Council’s cabinet is to meet via a virtual, online meeting for the first time on Tuesday 5th May.

The aim is to ensure important council business progresses, despite the restrictions of Covid-19.

Cheshire East Council is determined to carry on ‘business as usual’ where possible, to take necessary decisions and ensure continued delivery of services for residents.

New regulations came into force recently to allow councillors to take part and vote in virtual meetings without the need to be physically present.

Cabinet members will log in via computer to the video meeting, supported by senior officers.

Software will be used to video link the meeting.

Members of the public and press, councillors and officers can access the cabinet meeting either by dialling in or using the Microsoft Teams app (which you can download on your smart phone or computer). The link is available on the council’s cabinet agenda webpage.

There will be an opportunity at the start of the meeting for members of the public and councillors to ask questions (as is provided normally, at physical meetings).

Members of the public who wish to ask a question or make a statement at the meeting should pre-register to provide at least three clear working days’ notice (by 4pm on Wednesday 29th April) in writing of the question they will ask.

Pre-registering will enable members of the public to be admitted to the virtual meeting via a ‘lobby system’ – a virtual waiting area before the meeting starts.

To register to speak or ask a question at cabinet, email:

Cabinet will meet online from 1pm on Tuesday 5th May 2020.