Southend councillors call for public meetings to be live streamed for greater transparency

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Conservative councillors are calling for more transparency in Southend Council chambers by having all scrutiny committees meeting live streamed to the public.

Currently the council only streams full council meetings over the internet, which are the meetings where major votes take place on policy decisions.

Tory councillors have now tabled a motion that calls for public scrutiny meetings and cabinet meeting to be streamed giving the public a convenient way to watch the discussions that take place as policies are formed.

The motion was submitted by Councillor Stephen Habermel and seconded by all members of the Conservative group.

It states: “This council should remain transparent and accessible to all residents in Southend. With more people turning to the internet and social media to keep informed about the events in their local area.

“At present only the full council meeting is streamed live on the council’s website. This has meant that residents who are unable to attend important public meetings such as cabinet and the three scrutiny committees, whether due to mobility issues or prior commitments, are unable to scrutinise the decisions made at this level.”

In addition to the meetings being live streamed on all social media platforms, Mr Habermel is calling for live updates on all of the council’s social media feeds.

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Steve Shaw

Local Democracy Reporter

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