Councillor calls for live streaming of council meetings

A recently-elected Berwick councillor has called for Northumberland County Council meetings to be streamed live.

Monday, 29th May 2017, 12:37 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 8:49 pm
Georgina Hill

Georgina Hill, Independent for Berwick East, used the first meeting of the new council to ask council leader Peter Jackson ‘if the new administration intended to be open, accountable, transparent and one which welcomes scrutiny?’

Coun Jackson said that he did intend to run an administration that was open and accountable and vowed to end the ‘disconnect’ between the old Labour administration and members of the public.

Coun Hill, who is a long-standing transparency and local government reform campaigner, then asked Coun Jackson whether the new administration would demonstrate these great principles by following the likes of Edinburgh, York and Portsmouth City Councils by live streaming council meetings.

Coun Jackson emphasised that it was day one of the new administration and fell short of giving this commitment.

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Georgina Hill previously campaigned to open up meetings of Berwick Town Council, an authority she was part of before being elected to the county council. On two occasions, she put forward proposals to allow the press and public to film proceedings before this became law.

Meanwhile, Coun Hill has been appointed chairman of the county council’s audit committee.