Alliance Causeway councillor Chris McCaw has expressed disappointment that DUP and UUP councillors voted against a motion to livestream council meetings.
Councillor McCaw said, “I brought this motion in order to try and restore some confidence in our council. However I was met with the usual arguments about cost, which are only used by councillors when it is about something they disagree with. These councillors recently tried to write a blank cheque for a project manager for the NI centenary. Other councils such as Belfast and Derry use video conferencing software and it is excellent.
If we had voted in favour of this, council officers would have prepared costings and we could have evaluated them. This was not an argument against adopting the proposal. Ratepayers deserve the right to see what we are discussing. We have the technology already and people are already able to view our meetings. I simply wanted this to continue beyond the pandemic, but others would prefer our discussions to be behind closed doors.
People deserve the right to know what we are discussing on their behalf. We won’t stop pushing for full openness and transparency in Causeway Coast and Glens.”