Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority to film meetings

Good news from the National Park Authority, let's hope others soon follow suit. Here's their press release;

"Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is carrying out a pilot webcast of a full National Park Authority meeting on Friday 29th June which will be streamed live on the National Park Authority’s website.

At the Authority’s AGM held earlier this afternoon (Friday 15th June 2012) Members unanimously voted to go ahead with an 18 month pilot of webcasting committee meetings, starting with the National Park Authority meeting on 29th June 2012.  The pilot will also include Planning and Rights of Way and Audit and Scrutiny committees.

Recently re-elected Chairman of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Mrs Julie James said: “The filming and live webcasting of our committee meetings is a significant step forward for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. We are the first Park Authority in the UK to do this which shows a firm commitment to be more transparent and accountable for what we do and the decisions we make as an Authority. It also provides an important opportunity for everyone across the National Park that may not have the time to attend in person to observe the conduct and discussions of the Authority’s business and decisions in up to the minute real time.

We hope that this new approach and live access to decision making gives local people and communities real confidence in our services and that in time the webcasting of Authority meetings will get more and more local people interested and involved in the work that we are doing for the area."

John Cook, Chief Executive for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said:  “This is a great step forward for the National Park Authority. Members of the public and local community representatives have already expressed enthusiastic support for this initiative and it will allow people to witness what I believe is a high quality of debate and decision making at the Authority.  An added bonus is that if you are unable to watch the live webcast you can view an archived version at a time of your choosing.  This is available 48 hours after the meeting finishes and will be kept online for 12 months, providing a valuable reference source for the public as well as our Members and officers.”

The live webcast will be available from the National Park Authority website from 10:00am Friday 29th June 2012 at www.breconbeacons.org"


caebrwyn said...

I trust the authority will not have a problem with members of the public who wish to film too...should the issue ever arise.

Anonymous said...

Wowee!!! I cannot for one minute hear our Mark uttering the words that Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Chief has. As there doesn't appear to be any high quality debate and decision making at Colditz, Mark's main concern is to have members of the public arrested if they dare to film or audio record his meetings. He also makes it very uncomfortable for members of the public who go along to the public gallery by making them sign in, and then have them escorted to their seats! He will fight to the death not to have his meetings recorded!!! Why would he wish for his farcical meetings to be aired.

Cneifiwr said...

With Kevin Madge, whose views on new technology are stuck somewhere in about 1975, and Pam Palmer now running the show, there are two chances of webcasts from Colditz Hall anytime soon - slim chance and no chance. And Slim appears to have left town.