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Mystery remains over ‘zero tolerance’ for Kingdom tickets as request to view webcast archive unanswered

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Friday, May 11th, 2018.

Last month a question was raised over who and when the ‘zero tolerance’ policy of Kingdom litter ticketing was decided, and our request to review a meeting referenced has gone unanswered.

In 2014 Wrexham Council introduced webcasting of meetings, meaning a live stream of some meetings is broadcast from the Guildhall and then replayable online for up to six months. At that point public access to the footage is blocked.

Wrexham Council is clear on the status of meeting minutes with regards to webcasts and that: “Webcasting does not replace the formal record of decisions made. The only formal record of decisions of a Local Authority is its minutes and agendas which are required to be maintained and retained for a number of years.”

When the system was first brought in it was noted that webcasts “… will also provide an extra record of debates which the Council minutes cannot and are not intended to provide.”

Having sat in several meetings regarding the concept of the webcasting we understand the system as complementing having apparently reduced minuting and providing a point of reference for both members of the public and councillors themselves. The latter being something that lead councillors themselves have referenced, with it becoming common for ‘check the webcast’ being used as a retort in the more fruity exchanges over who said what and when.

In a meeting last month Cllr David A Bithell Bithell pointed back to comments in a historic Executive Board meeting where the ‘zero tolerance’ on Kingdom’s fixed penalty notices was apparently stated. That is not possible on the public documents, and a request made during that meeting to view the archived webcast remains unanswered.

At the time of writing the public webcast archive only goes back to mid November, so we are unable to ‘fact check’ the precise discussions referenced from the meeting in 2015. We have requested access to view archive footage and have yet to receive a reply. We will update as and when we get one.

Our report from the 2015 meeting can be found here.

Decisions on further webcasting of meetings and possibilities of extending public access to archives is likely later this year.

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