Liberal Democrats pioneer Ealing’s first virtual Ward Forum in Southfield


On Wednesday 22nd April 2020 a virtual Southfield Ward Forum took place, with 21 residents attending, which was held using the free meeting app Zoom. This is the first virtual ward forum in Ealing. Issues raised by residents included Coronavirus, food parcels for the vulnerable, recycling, rubbish collection, planning, air quality, trees and electric vehicle charging points.

Southfield Ward Forum Chair, Councillor Gary Busuttil said: "There were so many questions that residents asked in advance and the feedback from residents who attended was very positive. Liberal Democrats commit to running some virtual meetings even after the Coronavirus lockdown is reversed as some people said they would not be able to attend face to face ward meetings because of child or family responsibilities."

Southfield Councillor Gary Malcolm said: "When we heard that the face to face Southfield Ward meeting was cancelled on 1st April we quickly scheduled a virtual equivalent meeting. It was a great turnout given the short notice. Just because we are in lockdown doesn’t mean democracy has to stop. Scrutiny by residents is even more important in this period.”

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