Webcast proposals are tuned out by Midlothian Council

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Plans to webcast council meetings have been ditched by Midlothian Council.

Green councillor Ian Baxter’s call to broadcast them via the internet was backed by colleagues in September.

But support dissipated at a recent meeting of the full council after it emerged it would cost £16,500 per annum to subsidise the scheme.

Elected members instead backed Council Leader Bob Constable’s alternative suggestion of podcasting audio recordings.

In what was described by Councillor Russell Imrie (Lab) as a “red herring”, Councillor Baxter called on the council to sell its private ‘SY0’ vehicle registration plate - believed to be worth between £15,000 and 50,000 - in order to implement his plan.

Read full story in the Novemner 15 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.