Broadcasting Hampshire County Council meetings a 'vanity project'

Daily Echo: Liberal Democrat leader Keith House. Liberal Democrat leader Keith House.

LIGHTS, camera action....

Hampshire county chiefs will be filmed for the first time today as they vote on £45m of cuts.

The Conservative- led council will debate a council tax freeze for the third year running and a further 230 job losses.

The council has said televising meetings will boost democracy as voters will be able to watch on the Internet as councillors debate and decide issues.

But the move has been attacked as a “vanity project”

and a waste of taxpayer’s money.

As previously reported, the local authority has forked out £223,000 on the project, including installing cameras in the council chamber.

Meetings will be screened live and recorded on the council website.

Councillor Keith House, pictured, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “This is vanity spending at a time when the county Conservatives are slashing services to vulnerable people, hiking charges and axing more staff.”

Christine Melsom, founder of anti-council tax group IsItFair, predicted few people would tune in to watch and it would become a “white elephant.”

But Councillor Colin Davidovitz, pictured, Cabinet member for efficiency and communication, said: “At long last we have the facilities that will enable us to televise our meetings and allow the people of Hampshire to watch on their home computers or laptops as their representatives debate local issues and decide on policies which are taking place.”

Winchester and Eastleigh will also decide their council tax today.

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1:22pm Thu 23 Feb 12

S023 says...

Gosh! How Cllr House has aged since I last saw him.
Gosh! How Cllr House has aged since I last saw him. S023
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1:42pm Thu 23 Feb 12

Lone Ranger. says...

What the hell would the leaders of HCC know about democracy ..
........ and then pay £233k to allow us mere plebs the "opportunity" to watch it.
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If i wanted to see this farce i will start tuning in to the Muppets on kids TV which will give me a more realistic view of the council chambers.
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More disgusting waste of MY money
What the hell would the leaders of HCC know about democracy .. ........ and then pay £233k to allow us mere plebs the "opportunity" to watch it. . If i wanted to see this farce i will start tuning in to the Muppets on kids TV which will give me a more realistic view of the council chambers. . More disgusting waste of MY money Lone Ranger.
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2:54pm Thu 23 Feb 12

Shoong says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
What the hell would the leaders of HCC know about democracy ..
........ and then pay £233k to allow us mere plebs the "opportunity" to watch it.
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If i wanted to see this farce i will start tuning in to the Muppets on kids TV which will give me a more realistic view of the council chambers.
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More disgusting waste of MY money
Can't win can they?

If they do it behind closed doors they are accused of being too secretive & if they let you watch them it's somehow a farce.

Surely it's more a transparent democracy if you can see what's going on.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: What the hell would the leaders of HCC know about democracy .. ........ and then pay £233k to allow us mere plebs the "opportunity" to watch it. . If i wanted to see this farce i will start tuning in to the Muppets on kids TV which will give me a more realistic view of the council chambers. . More disgusting waste of MY money[/p][/quote]Can't win can they? If they do it behind closed doors they are accused of being too secretive & if they let you watch them it's somehow a farce. Surely it's more a transparent democracy if you can see what's going on. Shoong
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5:49pm Thu 23 Feb 12

Lone Ranger. says...

Shoong wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
What the hell would the leaders of HCC know about democracy ..
........ and then pay £233k to allow us mere plebs the "opportunity" to watch it.
.
If i wanted to see this farce i will start tuning in to the Muppets on kids TV which will give me a more realistic view of the council chambers.
.
More disgusting waste of MY money
Can't win can they?

If they do it behind closed doors they are accused of being too secretive & if they let you watch them it's somehow a farce.

Surely it's more a transparent democracy if you can see what's going on.
They dont need to do it behind closed doors ...... if you want to see it let there be a public gallery.
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There you go.... if your interested then pop along ...... it would cost nothing .... Now we would be happy.
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I wonder if "The Senate" would also available to all ..... TV or in person !!!!
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: What the hell would the leaders of HCC know about democracy .. ........ and then pay £233k to allow us mere plebs the "opportunity" to watch it. . If i wanted to see this farce i will start tuning in to the Muppets on kids TV which will give me a more realistic view of the council chambers. . More disgusting waste of MY money[/p][/quote]Can't win can they? If they do it behind closed doors they are accused of being too secretive & if they let you watch them it's somehow a farce. Surely it's more a transparent democracy if you can see what's going on.[/p][/quote]They dont need to do it behind closed doors ...... if you want to see it let there be a public gallery. . There you go.... if your interested then pop along ...... it would cost nothing .... Now we would be happy. . I wonder if "The Senate" would also available to all ..... TV or in person !!!! Lone Ranger.
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4:48pm Fri 24 Feb 12

aldermoorboy says...

More negative rubbish from Lone Ranger( not surprised he is Lone )
More negative rubbish from Lone Ranger( not surprised he is Lone ) aldermoorboy
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6:40pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Lone Ranger. says...

aldermoorboy wrote:
More negative rubbish from Lone Ranger( not surprised he is Lone )
I have no problem with you allowing your money to be dumped into some ego sapping project dreamt up by the heirarchy of HCC.
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But .... i do object to mine being used when there is a FREE option available.
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Sorry you prefer to call my posts negative rubbish ... but ... i would prefer it if you didnt judge by your own low and failed standards.
[quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: More negative rubbish from Lone Ranger( not surprised he is Lone )[/p][/quote]I have no problem with you allowing your money to be dumped into some ego sapping project dreamt up by the heirarchy of HCC. . But .... i do object to mine being used when there is a FREE option available. . Sorry you prefer to call my posts negative rubbish ... but ... i would prefer it if you didnt judge by your own low and failed standards. Lone Ranger.
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