Mark who runs the excellent blog LightmoorLife.co.uk filmed this event and has painstakingly annotated the video so you can jump to the highlights.
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0:07:24 New faith academy & launch of new flex card. 0:13:15 Labour Cllr Bill McClements (The Nedge) presents the budget report overview. 0:28:14 Conservative Cllr Adrian Lawrence responds. 0:34:49 Liberal Democrat Cllr Bill Tomlinson (Shawbirch) responds. 0:42:17 Labour Cllr Angela McClements speaks on different aspects of the budget. 0:44:57 Conservative Eric Carter speaks of inherited debt from Labour government in his response. 0:48:20 Labour Cllr Arnold England responds to Conservatives on national debt and ‘Pickles Revenge’. 0:49:29 Conservative Cllr Steve Bentley responds, ‘budget is disappointing and lacks courage….’. 0:51:47 Labour Cllr Kuldip Sahota responds to Conservative Councillors points. 0:53:19 Conservative Cllr Dugmore (Muxton) questions the validity of the council tax consultation. 00:56:31 Labour Cllr Shaun Davies (Malinslee) defends amount spent on roads in Telford & Wrekin, says still higher than Conservative administration. 0:58:29 Labour Cllr Rob Sloan (Haygate) less interested in ‘its all our fault/its all your fault’ points. But does have issue with government cutting the top rate of tax. 1:00:03 Labour Cllr Alan McKenzie (Cuckoo Oak) 1:01:49 Conservative Clive Mollett (Horsehay & Lightmoor) budget is predicated to solving problems in safeguarding. Its clearly out of control. 1:04:26 Labour Cllr Richard Overton (St. Georges) speaks on ‘a business winning council’. 1:05:20 Labour Cllr Derek White (Cuckoo Oak) ‘its national politics takes cutting peoples benefits….’. 1:07:18 Labour Cllr Bill McClements (The Nedge) speaks on Conservatives raised council tax more when in control and consulted fewer people & responds to other opposition points made. 1:17:50 Labour Cllr Rob Sloan (Haygate) speaks about boundary reviews, change will happen. 1:24:51 Mayor announces Councillors question time and due to the meeting being live streamed Councillors are asked to read aloud their questions. Starting with Conservative Cllr Veronica Fletcher (Priorslee) regards Harper Adams. 1:26:36 Conservative Cllr Ian Fletcher (Priorslee) regards the future of Priorslee Community Centre. 1:30:22 Conservative Cllr Ian Fletcher (Priorslee) regards safety by Wickes & Aldi near Central Park on Holyhead Road. 1:38:25 Labour Cllr Mike Ion tables a motion against legal loan sharking. A door lender in his ward was charging £82 for every £100 pound borrowed. 1:43:03 Labour Cllr Richard Overton (St. Georges) seconds the motion and speaks on the subject. 1:45:19 Conservative Cllr Stephen Burrell (Edgmoud) adds his view to the same Cllr Ion’s motion. 1:54:12 Labour Cllr Derek White (Cuckoo Oak) tables motion against Bedroom tax. 2:01:03 Conservative Cllr Stephen Burrell (Edgmoud) ‘in many ways supports the Cllr White’s motion but can’t because of the wording. Its not a tax, its a reduction in benefits’. This topic is covered by various councillors across the room, keep watching. 2:37:07 Cllr Derek White (Cuckoo Oak) finishes and the vote begins on the Bedroom tax motion. Did you Councillor vote ‘For’ or did they ‘Abstain’? Did the motion get passed? Watch and find out! End of meeting.
Here’s the story as it appeared on twitter:
In January the guy who runs the excellent blog, Lightmoor Life, and Jake Snr took it upon themselves to broadcast the Council Meeting held at The Place. No fancy equipment, engineers or satellite link ups, but a free account at Bambuser and hope and a prayer.
This is quite novel. It’s not done in many other places (if any) and helps people understand what goes on, raising awareness of local issues and local politics in general. It received hundreds of views. Not bad for a first attempt, and numbers that the Parliament channel on Sky would be proud of. Possibly.
Roll on to March, and the Council Meeting Juggernaut pulls up outside TCAT and offloads a budget discussion. This is likely to be more interesting and, lets face it, fun. Technology is getting a makeover too. Jake & Mark from Lightmoor Life have been joined by local IT expert Jon Farmer who’s knowledge of Google+ has introduced HD cameras and multiple camera angles. If the first meeting was filmed by the equivalent of the wheel, This is like a caterpillar tracked vehicle. Still broadcast on a shoestring (ie nothing) it should add a different feel to the event.
I’ll be along for moral support and to live tweet the meeting for all to join in. I’m taking my projector along and hope to project tweets with the #telfordwrekin onto a wall. Maybe the Councillors will see what you are all saying.
Trying to get some traction on twitter for the event, I’ve created a drinking game graphic for people at home, in the pub, but not driving a bus, to join in the fun. Of course I’m not expecting anyone to join in, but it’s done it’s job. Here it is.