Oakham Town Council to put meetings on YouTube

Oakham Town Partnership's next annual general meeting is being held at Victoria Hall
Oakham Town Partnership's next annual general meeting is being held at Victoria Hall

A council has started filming meetings and uploading them to the internet in an attempt to “remove the mystery” around local democracy.

Oakham Town Council has installed a CCTV camera in the meeting room at Victoria Hall.

Every council meeting is now recorded, with the resulting footage published on video website YouTube.

The move was made after the law was changed last year to allow the press and public to film council meetings. Oakham Town Council hopes to make itself more open and accountable to taxpayers.

Deputy mayor Adam Lowe said: “This is not what some would consider prime time television. It is, however, the opportunity for the public to view the whole, or part of a meeting if they choose, and get the facts.

“Recently, issues like the skate park and county council CCTV have seen misunderstanding generated and people are now able to easily access the information using the online minutes on the town council website in conjunction with the YouTube video.

“The opportunity for the public to see how decisions are made and perhaps listen to the debates may help clarify and remove some of the mystery.”

Coun Lowe was keen to remind people that most council meetings are open to the public, who are welcome to speak to councillors.

Videos of meetings can be seen on the Oakham Town Council YouTube channel.