Sunday, 16 December 2007

Answer No:3 Broadcasting Council Meetings

My last question of the night raised the possibility that meetings of Hartlepool Council might be broadcast on the new Hartlepool Radio Station. "Maybe" was the answer but once again no debate or discussion was allowed and so the issue couldn't proceed.

Ultimately I would actually like to see Council Meetings streamed live onto the Internet. Councils already doing this have seen a huge increase in public interest. Waverley Council ( reporting up to 600 people logging on to watch and participate in their meetings through on-line polls, e-mail questions and comments.

Unfortunately the Labour Group again shut down any chance of discussion or debate on this issue. I did wonder what they were scared of? Could it be they don’t actually want the people of Hartlepool to see what really goes on in Council Meetings?

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