Campaign to livestream council meetings

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A plan to livestream Argyll and Bute council meetings on the web is backed by 14 councillors.

Kintyre’s Donald Kelly and John Armour have both put their weight behind a petition, organised by SNP Oban councillor Julie McKenzie, which up to Tuesday had attracted 852 signatures.

The Argyll and Bute Council SNP group’s 2017 manifesto for change pledged: ‘To broadcast all council and committee meetings, opening the council’s decision-making processes to democratic scrutiny.’

Ms McKenzie said: ‘For far too long, Argyll and Bute Councillors have been able to tell their communities one thing and then do the complete opposite behind closed doors at Kilmory.

‘There is already widespread support for our pledge in the communities of Argyll and Bute.’

Ms McKenzie added: ‘It has been brought to my attention that the Lib Dems 2017 manifesto for the council elections in Argyll and Bute also included a pledge to look at live broadcasting.

‘It is a complete mystery to me and a disappointment that no Lib dem councillor has responded to my email or signed the petition.’

So far one councillor from the ruling group has signed, Kieron Green. In addition to Mr Kelly from the Argyll First group, Councillors Dougie Philand and George Freeman have signed.

As well as Mr Armour eight SNP councillors have signed: Gordon Blair, Ian Shonny Paterson, Anne Horn, Audrey Forrest, Jim Lynch, Jim Findlay, Lorna Douglas and Julie McKenzie.