Friday, 8 October 2010


Full council meetings in Thanet will continue to broadcast online until spring 2011.

The decision was taken last night (Thursday 7 October) by councillors, following a recommendation by the Overview and Scrutiny Panel.

During the pilot of webcasting, three meetings were broadcast online, with the first attracting the most viewers. This meeting set the council’s budget in February and 225 logged on to watch it for an average of almost seven and a half minutes.

Only 53 people watched the next broadcast in April for an average of around three minutes. This meeting covers items as diverse as planning obligations and developer contributions, licensing of sexual entertainment venues, members’ allowance schemes and polling places and polling stations.

The third meeting to be broadcast was the annual Council meeting in May, which decided on the council’s Leader, Chairman and which members would sit on the council’s various committees. 75 people watched this for an average of just over three minutes.

Leader of the Council, Cllr. Bob Bayford, said: “We’re keen to make the business the council does more accessible to the people we serve. This council takes a lot of important decisions that impact on people’s lives. As such, it’s very disappointing not to see more people logging on and seeing those decisions made. I hope that, over the next few months, we will see more take-up of this service amongst our residents.”

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