Earlier this morning (Friday 29th June) the Authority successfully started its first internet broadcast allowing internet users to tune into a National Park Authority meeting from the comfort of their home or office desk for the first time. Those with access to the internet can still tune into http://www.breconbeacons.public-i.tv/core/ to watch the broadcast taking place or view it later from the online archive.
Users will now be able to watch the Authority’s meetings which include Audit and Scrutiny and Planning and Rights of Way live over the internet, while a recording of proceedings will be made available on the Authority’s new webcasting micro site 48 hours after the meeting has finished, which will be archived for a six month period.
Members unanimously voted to give the 18 month pilot webcast the green light at the Authority’s AGM held on Friday, June 15. The webcasting pilot was made possible with financial support from the Welsh Government’s Office of the Chief Information Officer.
Chairman of Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority Mrs Julie James said: “The National Park Authority’s decision to webcast its meetings live online is a real step forward in our ongoing bid to improve accessibility and transparency of our decision making and overall governance.
“We hope this innovative approach and live access to decision making gives internet users across the UK, local people and communities real confidence in our services, as well as making our meetings more accessible.”
John Cook, Chief Executive for Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority, said: “We’re really pleased with the way today’s broadcast has gone, and believe it’s a fantastic way for us to make our services more accessible to our residents.
“We will be assessing the service and viewing figures throughout the 18 month pilot period, but I am confident that this webcasting initiative will be a success and that other local authorities will follow suit.”
Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority’s live webcasts and archive are available at http://www.breconbeacons.public-i.tv/core/