Anglesey Council to start broadcasting meetings online

Reporter:

Geraint Jones

ANGLESEY residents will soon have the chance to view Anglesey Council meetings on their computer screen.

The council will introduce a two year pilot webcasting scheme on Monday, June 9 by broadcasting an executive committee meeting live.

Cllr Vaughan Hughes, chairman of the council’s democratic services committee, said: “We very much hope to see this webcasting project help strengthen local democracy and give residents an opportunity to see how decisions are reached within the authority.”

Anglesey Council hopes the scheme, backed by £40,000 of Welsh Government funds, will promote regional democracy and community engagement.

The webcasting of meetings is linked to provisions in the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 aimed at strengthened local democracy.

However, it is not a legislative requirement.

The council will initially broadcast executive committee meetings, with planning and orders committee meetings also expected to be shown later in the year.

Cllr Ieuan Williams added, leader of Anglesey Council, said; “Typically, councils using webcasts report that many more people watch online than actually attend a meeting and that significantly higher numbers also watch archived meetings as opposed to the live ones.”

“Once the two-year pilot has ended, we’ll review the webcasting scheme to see if it has helped promote local democracy and public engagement.

" A decision will then be taken to see if the County Council continues to provide the service.”

Meetings will be broadcast at live at www.anglesey.public-i.tv/core/portal/home, and will be available to view later on an archive.

 

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