Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

District agrees to record meetings for first time

Archant

Council meetings at Knowle will be recorded for the very first time after the idea was supported by its overview and scrutiny committee.

But the proposal will not come into force until May at the earliest after the district’s chief executive ruled the move was a constitutional change.

Mark Williams said the matter must go before a full council annual meeting before it can go ahead, the next one scheduled for May 23.

The move follows heated discussions over the past year about recording key debates over the future of the district, and a number of arguments over the accuracy of minutes.

At last Thursday’s meeting councillors discussed recommendations to use the existing audio system in the council chamber, which a report said would ‘provide high-quality audio recordings at a modest cost’.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) had previously said budgetary constraints and the high cost of purchasing recording equipment had made it impractical.

But after Councillor Ian Thomas, the communications portfolio holder, successfully completed a trial recording using the current microphone system it was deemed viable again.

If the initiative goes ahead full council, cabinet, planning, licensing and standards committee meetings amongst others would be recorded, and made available on EDDC’s website within seven days for people to listen again.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 19:28
Cheque recipients gather before the annual Sidmouth town council meeting and grant presentation. Ref shs 17-16AW 4574. Picture: Alex Walton

Trustees at the Sid Valley Memory Café say the area’s first Admiral Nurse is edging closer to becoming a reality thanks to the support of the local community.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:24
Sidmouth carnival. Ref shs 4171-40-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Carnival could end if volunteers do not come forward before the annual general meeting of its organisers next week.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:35
Brewery Owner Paul Dimond collecting his trophy from  sponsors Charles Faram Hop Merchants.

Bitter beer produced at Branscombe Vale Brewery has been crowned the best in the South West.

Read more
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Ann Evans, 76, is taking on a four mile run to raise money for PFP

Former nun Ann Evans, 76, hopes to raise £500 by completing a four mile course between Beer and Branscombe.

Read more
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Ron Bennett has primed a piece of sheet steel and is giving it a rub down.  It will be used for part of the cladding of 257 Squadron.

An ambitious £300,000 project to restore a steam locomotive named Sidmouth is now under way - thanks to help from generous donors within the community.

Read more
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Bill Valentine will be taking part in a Aquathon in Dawlish on April 3 which involves a 300m swim followed by a 2.5k run. Bill is keen for others to become more active and take up a sport such as swimming. Ref shs 13-16SH 9353. Picture: Simon Horn

A Sidmouth runner will remember his best friend during his latest race on Sunday.

Read more
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Kirstie is bringing aerial hoop classes to Sidmouth

The Honiton resident has fought against the odds to pursue her love of instructing.

Read more
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Eleven year old Ben Fisher will be taking part in a sixteen mile trek across Exmoor for Sense. Ben has so far raised over £700 for the charity with supports people who are deafblind but hopes he can increase that amount. Ref shs 17-16SH 1681.

Ben, 11, is keen to put his orienteering skills to good use

Read more
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Sidmouth Sailing Club is joing the RYA's Push the Boat Out initiative to help residents take to the water. Photo credit: John Jones

Sidmouth Sailing Club is pushing the boat out to celebrate its 80th birthday by encouraging more people to take up the sport.

Read more
Saturday, April 30, 2016
South West Highways apprentices: Cameron Surtees, Ryan Wakely, Sam Gilpin, Dale Brooks, Jack Bingham, Will Nethacott with assessor Sean Mcmahon, CITB apprenticeship officer Angus Hamilton and Lucy Lowe

A team of apprentices resurfaced Lucy’s drive free of charge

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications