The North East’s largest council has announced changes to its live streaming of meetings.
Since the council elections in May 2021, formal meetings of Durham County Council reverted to being held in person following changes in legislation. Although there is no mandatory requirement to do so, the council has continued to live stream all meetings of the authority to help promote democratic engagement.
Given the increased frequency of meetings as a result of the meeting calendar returning to its pre-pandemic timetable a review has identified that demand and support requirements can be better met through a reduction in the number of meetings live streamed.
With effect from Wednesday, 1 December 2021, only meetings of Full Council, Cabinet and County Planning Committee will be streamed. The council’s aim is to maintain democratic engagement in those meetings, that are most frequently accessed online.
In exceptional circumstances and matters of significant public interest, live streaming of meetings may still be provided.
In order to ensure all are aware of the arrangements in place for a particular meeting, any decision made to live stream a meeting will be made well in advance of the meeting papers being published.
The relevant meeting pages on the council’s website will be updated to reflect any change of arrangements. To find out if a meeting is to be live streamed, please check the relevant meeting’s page once the agenda pack has been published which is usually a week before the meeting.