Hartlepool Council Chamber Technology
Hartlepool Council offers solutions to public’s requests and suggestions using technology.
21:20 17 September 2018
Hartlepool Council is considering investing £6,500 on new technology in its council chamber and altering current seating arrangement to address public’s requests and suggestions.
Proposals include the installation of two speakers, a new amplifier and two 55inch screens to relay meeting footage in the chamber. Changes to seating arrangement will also be discussed after members of the public said that having some of the councillors’ backs to the public is offensive and disrespectful.
A report from council chief executive Gill Alexander said: “Four display screens were installed in the council chamber in November 2016.
“Concerns have been raised that these screens are sometimes difficult to see. “Two additional screens could be placed at the back of the council chamber to help people sitting in the public gallery.
“A number of elected members and members of the public raised concerns about the system and the difficulty they had hearing some of the proceedings.
“In order to ensure the sound quality in the council chamber is reinforced, two additional speakers could be placed at the back of the room.”
The proposals are set to be discussed at the constitution committee meeting on Thursday at the Civic Centre in Hartlepool.
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