Baberg and Mid Suffolk Council Live Streaming
Baberg and Mid Suffolk district councils prepare to live stream council meetings to improve transparency.
18:37 11 March 2019
Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils, which moved from their offices to Ipswich in October 2017, are now preparing to live stream council meetings to improve transparency. The decision was made in response to concerns that members of the public may not be able to get to Ipswich to attend meetings should they wish.
With the camera systems in the main council chamber already upgraded, the councils will now work to upgrade the microphones and audio systems to allow the meeting to be broadcasted.
In a joint statement, Conservative council leaders John Ward (Babergh) and Nick Gowrley (Mid Suffolk) said: “Suffolk County Council is upgrading the technology in the shared council chamber in April which will make it possible to webcast meetings via YouTube.
“Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils plan to use this facility from then as a way of making important council decision making more open, transparent and accessible to our residents.”
Labour councillor Luke Cresswell said: “We cannot allow ourselves to be hidden in a bunker far removed from those we are supposed to represent.
“This motion would shine light on what goes on at the council and allow residents to check in on their councillors.
“It’s time the council dragged itself into the 21st century and embraced the modern world.”