Aberdeenshire Council to Livestream Meetings
Aberdeenshire Council explores digital solutions amidst nationwide lockdown.
08:48 02 May 2020
The Aberdeen Council has confirmed plans to live-stream its council meetings starting this month.
The council initially resorted to sharing their pre-recorded meetings on YouTube but are switching to live-streaming due to public demand.
Aberdeenshire's deputy leader Peter Argyle said: "Conducting our routine business over the internet has worked remarkably well.
"We are working on live-streaming our meetings rather than simply recording them for later public access.
"Planning applications continue being processed and determined effectively and democratically.
"The majority of applications are dealt with through existing mechanisms and delegations.
"Any that require to be determined at area committee meetings are going through the normal process."
Council leader Jim Gifford added: "We have moved relatively smoothly to holding all meetings remotely. Our area and policy committees are continuing; it is a pretty much business as usual.
"The disruption to everyone's lives across Aberdeenshire has been enormous but are running council services as effectively as possible.
"Restrictions on movement have led to the closure of most council facilities but we have put in place alternative means of delivering services."