£20k cost to stream council meetings

COUNCILLORS have been informed that the live streaming of council meetings over the internet could cost between £15,000 and £19,000.

Live streaming of monthly council meetings would allow anyone who has access to the internet to watch proceedings as they happen in the chamber.

Videos could also be archived and kept to allow the public view them in the future.

Councillor Billy Webb has argued that the introduction of live streaming would help promote the council’s transparency as well as further engaging with the public.

Including Belfast a number of other councils across the UK already provide the service.

At the Policy and Governance meeting in April, councillors noted the report on the cost of installing the equipment but did not decide to go ahead with it.