Midlothian meeting webcast goes live in May

Midlothian Council's headquarters

Midlothian Council's headquarters

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Midlothian Council has agreed a protocol for webcasting meetings.

The move comes before the first meeting is due to be streamed live in May.

The protocol includes an agreement not to film under 16 year olds who may be watching the meeting in council chambers. The chair will also have the right to terminate the webcast or audio recording if continuing would prejudice proceedings of the meeting.

Residents will be able to replay meetings after they have taken place on their computer, tablet or smartphone. The meetings will be filmed, streamed live and archived for a year at an initial set up cost of around £15,000 and £14,899 annually thereafter. At the end of a year, council staff will review the success of the webcasting.