EA shuts off board meetings to the public

The Environment Agency has decided to stop holding open board meetings as a matter of course, 17 years after the practice was instigated

The public will no longer be allowed to attend Environment Agency board meetings. Photograph: Yuanyuan Xie/123RFThe Environment Agency (EA) has ended its practice of holding regular open board meetings, ENDS has learned.

The regulator said its board had decided not to hold meetings in public any more with immediate effect. Decisions on whether to allow members of the public to view proceedings would be taken on a “case-by-case basis”.

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