Cabinet to tour Croydon and meetings to be screened online to create 'people's town hall'

Croydon Guardian: Croydon town hall will be just one of several venues for cabinet meetings Croydon town hall will be just one of several venues for cabinet meetings

All Croydon Council cabinet meetings are to be streamed online and will be held at community centres across the borough as part of plans to create a "people's town hall".

The monthly meetings will be filmed and broadcast live and will also be available for download, in a move the council said would make them more open and transparent.

Webcasting of cabinet meetings was scrapped by council's previous Conservative administration in 2009, although full council meetings have been broadcast live on online station Croydon Radio since May.

The cabinet meetings will be filmed and uploaded by the company Public-i.

The plans, unveiled this week, will also see the cabinet tour the borough to hold five summits a year in different areas.

Currently all cabinet meetings are held at the town hall in Katherine Street.

The council is also to lower the threshold for petition signatures needed to secure a debate by the full council from 10,000 to 1,000 and has pledged to limit that amount of information about decision-making withheld from the public.

Tony Newman, council leader, said the plans were designed to lead to better communication between communities and the council.

He said: "We believe the council should be open and transparent, so as a matter of principle we’ll be publishing our proposals before decisions are taken.

"This will give us the opportunity to work with residents and community organisations to improve the services the council offers.

"One way of achieving this is by opening up the town hall, and, to help that decision, we’ll be removing the barriers at the entrance, and improving disabled access and the signage around the building.

"We’re going to make it a real 'people’s town hall’, and the council an organisation that genuinely engages with those it serves."

The plans are set to be approved by the cabinet on Monday.

You can watch the meeting here

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11:25am Thu 10 Jul 14

ANNE GILES says...

He is right about disabled access needing to be improved. The steps are impossible to manage. The building is old.
He is right about disabled access needing to be improved. The steps are impossible to manage. The building is old. ANNE GILES
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