Online Insight Into Council Meetings

Pilot 'webcasting' scheme to go-ahead

Merton council meetings will be seen on the web, as part of a trial costing up to £20,000 a year.

The borough council has agreed to run a pilot scheme where it will 'webcast' its planning, licensing and street management meetings, as well as full council meetings.

It would allow residents to view meetings via the council's website, live or later as a podcast.

Camden has been webcasting for over 10 years, and reports high viewing figures. However, Croydon and Enfield abandoned their webcasting trials after disappointing viewing figures.

The ruling Labour councillors voted against the trial at the Merton borough council meeting on Wednesday (November 21), but the Independents, Lib-Dems and Conservatives combined to vote the trial through.

It was agreed the trial must not cost more than £20,000 and that the trial must define, in advance, how it will be evaluated.

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November 28, 2012