Webcasting protocol agreed
First webcast in May
The move comes before the first meeting is due to be streamed live in May.
At a full council meeting on Tuesday, councillors approved the protocol which includes an agreement not to film children under the age of 16 who may be watching the meeting in council chambers. The chair will also have the right to terminate the webcast or audio recording if continuing would prejudice proceedings of the meeting.
A council spokesman said: “While webcasting the meetings will encourage residents to ‘engage’ with the council by making the democratic process more transparent, we need to have the correct procedures in place beforehand to make sure that process is not compromised in any way.”
Residents can watch on computer, tablet or smartphone
Residents will also be able to replay meetings after they have taken place on their computer, tablet or smartphone while accessing supporting information such as agenda documents and powerpoint presentations.
The meetings will be filmed, streamed live and archived for a year at an initial set up cost of circa £15,000 and £14,899 annually thereafter.
Similar services are already up and running at various local authorities including Moray and Edinburgh City councils.
After a year, council will gauge success
At the end of a year, council staff will gauge how successful webcasting has been by calculating how many people watched the streams, and what they watched and for how long.
Feedback from other participating councils has been positive. Edinburgh City introduced webcasting in 2012 and since then more than 200,000 views to meetings archives have been recorded.