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Push for SKDC to 'webcast' council meetings

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Meetings of South Kesteven District Council may soon be available to watch over the internet.

SKDC deputy leader Kelham Cooke is keen to see this happen, saying it would allow more people to follow council meetings on the SKDC website.

Coun Cooke said he would raise the issue with Cabinet member for communities and engagement Helen Goral.

The call came at last week’s council AGM as the release of a timetable of council meetings led to debate on how many meetings should be held across the district.

Deepings councillor Ashley Baxter repeated earlier calls for more meetings to be held outside Grantham.

But Bourne Conservative Robert Reid warned there was a “great degree of cost” to this and demanded SKDC “stick with the economies of meeting in Grantham”.

Cabinet member for housing Nick Neilson said at a recent council meeting in Bourne, just seven people turned up and they soon left.

The Deepings Conservative said: “I’m a passionate advocate of local government but also a passionate advocate of value for money.”

However, fellow Deepings councillor Judy Stevens (Ind) called it “disingenuous and ridiculous to say it will bankrupt our council”.

Coun Cooke said Cabinet will meet at the Deepings in September but meetings should be ‘live-streamed’.

Council leader Matthew Lee said holding meetings outside Grantham would cost more and it was a “judgement call” as to where they be held. He also warned not all places outside Grantham would have wi-fi.

No details were given as to when any webcasting of meetings may start.

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