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PUBLISHED: 12:17 30 July 2010 | UPDATED: 22:00 01 August 2010

I THOUGHT I would write to update readers on progress since my first letter about Webcasts for Waveney District Council (Journal Postbox, July 9).

Since then I have had some feedback emailed to me at wdc.webcasts@gmail.com - and as a result, I have set up a facebook group 'Webcasts for Waveney!'

I THOUGHT I would write to update readers on progress since my first letter about Webcasts for Waveney District Council (Journal Postbox, July 9).

Since then I have had some feedback emailed to me at wdc.webcasts@gmail.com - and as a result, I have set up a facebook group “Webcasts for Waveney!”

Anyone who sends me an email at the above address will receive an automatic response giving them a direct link to the group.

I wish to express my gratitude to those who have taken the trouble to email me, or indeed to write to the Journal Postbox about this issue; councillor Colin Law and Mr R S Moulding (Postbox, July 16).

I am concerned to be reminded of the problems highlighted in Mr Moulding's letter - which would have more than paid for the solution that has been recommended by council officers to Mr Law.

I also take issue with the costing of £22,000 quoted by Mr Law; as an IT professional, I feel this figure is an excessive quotation and is indicative of officers that don't want to do something.

Would it not be better to enable transparency and accountability?

As Mr Moulding correctly pointed out, “National institutions like the House of Lords and House of Commons are televised; everything is open and transparent.” Why should Waveney be any different, why wouldn't there be people interested in Waveney?

One would have thought that our councillors wanted to be seen in action; to be seen by their residents doing the job that the residents had elected them to do!

What price do we have to put on democracy, transparency and accountability? Clearly, by Mr Law's response, it's worth less than £22,000!

I did notice that Mr Law evaded the issue of his comments about “minutes of meetings are more than sufficient” in his letter published last week. Obviously, there's the educational benefits of having richer media used - but more fundamentally, the minutes of the last full council meeting have not yet been published to the WDC website, some three weeks later! Where now?

I'm contacting other local authorities who currently use webcasting technologies for their council meetings, to enquire about the costs that they incurred.

I'm investigating solutions to the problem that I would recommend, if given the same challenge as an IT professional.

I would still welcome anyone to email me if they wish to express their support for this campaign - wdc.webcasts@gmail.com

Gareth Douce

Cranleigh Road

Pakefield

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