Councilcould putmeetings ontheweb
Stirling councillors are to consider webcasting meetings.
Forth and Endrick ward councillor Robert Davies said for some of his constituents it could be a 50-mile round trip if they wanted to attend a Stirling Council meeting.
He added: “My experience is that people are all pretty much in favour of us exploring options for webcasting council meetings as a low-cost way to improve the democratic process.”
Council leader Scott Farmer said: “Personally I’m in favour of such a move but I’m happy to take comments into account when looking at this matter.
“Over the past year officers have been investigating different options and methods of recording and broadcasting of meetings, including webcasting, in order to allow elected members to decide whether this is something they feel is worth pursuing.
“There are a number of potential benefits including encouraging engagement and interest in the council’s decision-making process and increasing the transparency and openness of that process by allowing all members of the public the opportunity to view meetings either live or at a time of their choosing.
“However, it is acknowledged there would be a cost associated with the initial installation and ongoing operation of webcasting, which must be carefully considered given the significant financial challenges being faced by the council.”
He said an overview of different options and associated costs had been discussed at meetings of the political groups’ secretaries. They have been asked to gauge the views of their groups.
If there is support in principle a report would be brought to a future committee or council meeting.