Webcasting plan hits the buffers

Proposals to broadcast Daventry District Council meetings live on the internet have been rejected.

The motion, which was put forward by Labour councillors in February, would have seen DDC join South Oxfordshire District Council and Leicester City Council in offering live streams of meetings on their websites. Northamptonshire County Council also webcasts many of its meetings.

On Thursday last week DDC opted not to start web broadcasting, but to continue with its distribution of its quarterly Daventry Calling magazine as well as publishing audio recordings on the council website.

Cllr Randall, leader of the Labour group, attacked the council’s decision. She said: “We believe it is the residents’ right to have the opportunity to see the council making the decisions that affect their lives. Why would we deny the residents the opportunity to watch their council in action online?”

But other council members suggested that the scheme would be a misuse of taxpayer’s money, considering the apparent lack of public interest in the affairs of local government as well as the already hefty investment in Daventry Calling.