Cam­paign to livestream coun­cil meet­ings

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

A PLAN to livestream Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil meet­ings on the web is backed by 14 coun­cil­lors.

Kin­tyre’s Don­ald Kelly and John Ar­mour have both put their weight be­hind a pe­ti­tion, or­gan­ised by SNP Oban coun­cil­lor Julie McKen­zie, which up to Tues­day had at­tracted 852 sig­na­tures.

The Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil SNP group’s 2017 man­i­festo for change pledged: ‘To broad­cast all coun­cil and com­mit­tee meet­ings, open­ing the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cesses to demo­cratic scru­tiny.’

Ms McKen­zie said: ‘For far too long, Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil­lors have been able to tell their com­mu­ni­ties one thing and then do the com­plete op­po­site be­hind closed doors at Kil­mory.’

Ms McKen­zie added: ‘It has been brought to my at­ten­tion that the Lib Dems’ 2017 man­i­festo for the coun­cil elec­tions in Ar­gyll and Bute also in­cluded a pledge to look at live broad­cast­ing.

‘It is a com­plete mys­tery to me and a dis­ap­point­ment that no Lib Dem coun­cil­lor has re­sponded to my email or signed the pe­ti­tion.’

So far one coun­cil­lor from the rul­ing group, Kieron Green, has signed. In ad­di­tion to Mr Kelly from the Ar­gyll First group, Coun­cil­lors Dougie Phi­land and Ge­orge Free­man have signed.

As well as Mr Ar­mour, eight SNP coun­cil­lors have signed: Gor­don Blair, Ian Shonny Pater­son, Anne Horn, Au­drey For­rest, Jim Lynch, Jim Find­lay, Lorna Dou­glas and Julie McKen­zie.

South Kin­tyre Lib Dem Rory Colville said: ‘I am com­mit­ted to look at livestream­ing of the main Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil meet­ings.’

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