Meetings to be recorded

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Meetings of the new Antrim and Newtownabbey shadow council are to be recorded.

At the first meeting of the new council on Thursday, it was agreed that audio recordings would be made of future meetings.

Under the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 2014, a council must make an audio recording of any meeting of the council that is open to the public.

While not a requirement for the shadow council, Chief Executive Jacqui Dixon advised it will be a requirement in the future. She added that while some councils don’t have the facility to do so at present, both Antrim Civic Centre and Mossley Mill have the technology.

TUV Councillor David Arthurs proposed that council make audio recordings of meetings.

“There’s no point waiting to April to do this; this gives us the opportunity to have things smoothed over before then,” Cllr. Arthurs said.

His proposal was seconded by Alliance’s Neil Kelly and agreed by the chamber.

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