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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Hidden Agendas!


For some reason our Agenda are not published on Westport Town Council's website neither are the Minutes of our meetings.


We only got a website because I pushed for it in 2004 and presented the other councillors with a 20 page proposal for a website. In that proposal I asked that our agenda, minutes and reports be published on the site as they are public documents and would of course be of interest to the citizens of Westport.


Two years on our website has not yet been officially launched nor does it have provision for the publishing of such information on our site. I have also pushed for our meetings to be web cast over the Internet. Our IT department tell me it can be done yet no progress has been made on this despite the councillors approval of the idea. Read that item here.


I am unsure if it is reluctance to open up the workings of the council to the public, a heavy work load or an unfamiliarity with information technology and media or a combination of all three which is keeping us lagging behind other more progressive councils in this area.


I have decided to do my part in opening us up to the public and I have posted the Agenda for our December meeting below. I will publish the minutes of the November meeting when I receive them tomorrow.


It might not make riveting reading but it does allow public scrutiny of council business.



AGENDA FOR DECEMBER MEETING OF WESTPORT TOWN COUNCIL TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2006 AT 6.00P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER, WESTPORT CIVIC OFFICES



01) To confirm Minutes of November meeting of Westport Town Council held on 9th November 2006.

02) Planning

03) To consider and adopt Policy on Anti Social Behaviour.

04) To approve an overdraft accommodation for a sum not exceeding €1,200,000 for the half year ending 30th June 2007

05) To consider update on takeover of Estates

06) To consider update on Roadworks Programme

07) To hear report on Town Hall Project

08) Conference

09) Any Other Business

2 comments:

Councillor Seamus Ryan said...

Keith, I am surprised to hear that your local authority does not publish the agenda and minutes of your council meetings. In fact I wonder whether they are obliged to publish them as they are public documents - Seamus

Political Quotes said...

If you want to see them you would have to go to the council offices to inspect them and pay to have them copied for you.

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