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Bexley Council green light webcasts and third party filming

PUBLISHED: 14:21 08 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:10 08 November 2013

Residents can keep up-to-date with all Bexley Council's decision making from next year, as meetings will be broadcast online.

Councillors gave their approval to the idea on Wednesday evening, and agreed webcasting will make it easier for those with busy lifestyles to keep tabs on decisions that affect them.

A protocol on the recording of meetings by third parties was also agreed at the Civic Offices, in Broadway, Bexleyheath.

Cllr Teresa O’Neill, leader of the council, said: “We have never been opposed to the principle of recording meetings and the vast majority of our meetings have always been open to anyone who wants to attend.

“We recognise that not everyone wants to come to our meetings and that residents are busy getting on with their lives. But from time to time decisions that the Council takes – or is asked to take by other residents on areas like planning – impact on them. At times like that we want to make it easy for residents to view the discussion in an easy, open and transparent way.”

The allowance of third party filming and webcasts will begin once the council move into the former Woolwich building in the new year.

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