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'Tape debates' idea is moooted
11:10am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
THE possibility of town council meetings being recorded in the future was debated in Chipping Norton.
Guest speaker Christopher Harris, who said he had an interest in councils being “transparent and open” put the question to town councillors at last week’s meeting.
He said recording meetings would be an “absolute proof” of the minutes, provide an “educational tool”
for new councillors and would highlight any bad behaviour of members.
“I’ve contacted 52 out of 54 town and parish councils within West Oxfordshire and most of them are quite happy about it,” he said.
Chippy Mayor Mike Tysoe said: “I don’t really have a problem with this but there’s not an enormous amount of interest in what goes on in this room anyway.”
Councillor Alex Corfield added: “We are the most straightforward group of people you’ve got. We’ve got nothing to hide.”
County councillor for Chippy Hilary Biles said neither West Oxfordshire District Council or Oxfordshire County Council recorded meetings.
Members suggested putting the item on the agenda at next month’s meeting when there were more councillors present.
Speaking after the meeting, clerk Vanessa Oliveri said: “There’s nothing to state in the rules and regulations that we don’t allow it.
“But it’s common courtesy to ask town councillors prior to carrying this out for permission.”
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