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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Labour and Conservatives Reject Lib Dem Proposal to Broadcast ESCC Meetings

December 5, 2018 3:07 PM

Eastbourne Liberal Democrat John Ungar's proposal to broadcast East Sussex County Council's scrutiny committee meetings on the internet was rejected at the full council meeting on 4 December by a combination of Conservative and Labour councillors. This proposal would have meant that members of the public could follow the discussion online and play it back later.

Cllr John Ungar says: "I am astonished that this is even a matter for debate. I believe in open government and it is important that our residents are able to see and hear councillors in action. Scrutiny meetings are already open to the public so anyone can come along, but this is not always possible. Putting meetings on the webcast will mean that anyone who was not able to get to the meeting can still see and hear what was discussed."

Councillor David Tutt, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the County Council added: "Select Committees at Parliament are broadcast so why not use the technology that the County Council already has - paid for by public money - to let more people see what the councillors they elected have to say? What have Labour and the Conservatives got to hide? What are they so frightened of?"

Councillor Carolyn Lambert says: "The more we resist open and transparent government, the more distrustful people will become and the more disengaged they will be from the democratic process and that will be damaging for all of us.