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Thursday 27 October 2016

Audio recordings to make council more open and transparent


Cheshire East Council has taken a further significant step towards openness and transparency.

All formal council committee meetings in future will be audio recorded as will full council meetings.

The council’s regular cabinet meeting will continue to be webcast.

Audio recordings will be made available via the council’s website and work is progressing to put in place the required technology for this.

Council leader Rachel Bailey said: “There has been overwhelming support for this move in full council and I am pleased that we have taken a further step towards becoming a council that is open and fully transparent in the work that we carry out on behalf of our residents. 

“We are now in a position to move forward with this and we hope that everyone who wishes to keep in touch with our decision-making bodies will find this of assistance to them.”

Cheshire East has recorded three meetings so far and the recordings will be posted on the meetings calendar page of the council’s  website. The calendar of meetings can be accessed at:

As the council has no established council chamber and only limited facilities for video recording meetings elsewhere, it is hoped that, by audio recording all public meetings in future, this will more than meet the requirements of the council in terms of public access to information and council business. 

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