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 An added bonus is that if you are unable to watch the live webcast you can view an archived version at a time of your choosing.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