Meetings of Leeds City Council’s top decision-making body are set to be broadcast live over the internet starting at the latest in April this year.
Members of a senior committee are expected to give the go-ahead to the new webcasts of the council’s Executive Board when they meet next Tuesday (9th February).
But council officers are recommending that meetings of the council’s top planning body – the City Plans Panel – don’t get broadcast over the web after councillors and planning officers expressed concerns.
Here’s what they amount to, according to a report that’s going to the meeting:
How come councils in Manchester, Birmingham, Cheshire, Kirklees, Wrexham , Denbighshire, Epping Forest … the list goes on … manage to have their planning committee meetings webcast without any problem? And by the same company that handles webcasting for Leeds, public-i.tv.
Leeds is different. Apparently.
Don’t know whether to laugh or cry.