TECHNOLOGY has held up for Ludlow Town Council as it moved to holding its meetings online as social distancing made it impossible in the chamber at the Guildhall.

The council has had to turn to modern methods to holds its meetings during the lockdown.

At the beginning of April, Government regulations came into force that enabled town and parish councils to legally hold meetings online.

It held its first virtual meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, April 29.

Eight councillors attended the successful and productive meeting and discussed local planning applications, plans for utility works road closures, and the future of a BT phone box.

There were two members of the public present, and councillors were appreciative of an update received from Pulling Together Ludlow.

Two of Ludlow’s unitary councillors also attended the meeting and provided insights and updates from their perspective and encouraged the development of recovery plans.

“The first virtual meeting went very well,” said Tim Gill, mayor of Ludlow.

“Whilst everyone would agree that in-person meetings would be preferable, in our current circumstances, online meetings are necessary to keep everyone safe.”

Ludlow Town Council administrative staff continue to work from home and are contactable on 01584 871970, or by email and social media. Grounds staff continue to work at Henley Road Cemetery, and other areas in Ludlow.

Cemetery staff continue to work in partnership with local funeral directors.

Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross staff continue to work to further establish and develop the museum’s online presence. Ludlow Market staff are keeping in contact with traders and assisting where possible. The council’s cleaning staff are keeping public toilets open for key workers in the town. Recovery plans are being considered and developed. Future online meetings will be advertised on Ludlow Town Council website.