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Democracy in action


Have you ever wished that you could hear local democracy in action, but haven’t been able to make it to a council meeting?  Now you can!  Uttlesford District Council is trialling the recording and posting of its public meetings online.

The recordings are made using the existing microphones and public address system in the Council Chamber at our Saffron Walden offices, so the quality is crystal clear, and just like being in the room.

You can listen to the discussions being streamed live, and re-listen to an archive of previous meetings at your leisure whenever and wherever you please.  When published on the website, the recordings will be indexed so that you can go straight to the agenda item that interests you most.

So far, the Planning Meeting of 12 March and Cabinet Meeting of 26 March are available on the site which will be streamed and published shortly after, so if you want to know what’s being said about local flooding or improvements to the Castle site, or monitor the progress of local planning applications you can do so from the comfort of your own armchair.

Archived recordings and the live stream, when available, can be found at http://audiominutes.com/udc

Democracy in action

Businesses display on the streets

Guidelines for the placement of ‘A’ Boards on publicly maintained highways, pavements and grassed areas in the District of Uttlesford.

The District Council through the Town Teams and Newport Business Association is actively working with local businesses to help develop and maximise business opportunities, and to some ‘A’ Boards are considered useful to promote sales for their particular line of business.

However, they can present a potential hazard, particularly to the disabled with mobility impairment, wheelchair users, people using pushchairs or mobility scooters and particularly to those with impaired sight.

Regrettably there have been a few incidents and rather than take the drastic step of banning ‘A’ Boards altogether, the District Council’s preferred option is to seek cooperation from retailers to comply with Essex County Council’s (ECC) Policy published in February 2013 (attached) for the placement of ‘A’ Boards and advertising material on publicly maintained highways, pavements and grassed areas.

The ECC Policy is common sense and, if followed, should minimise the potential hazard for pedestrians who are, after all, either existing or potentially new customers.
It is important to note that the responsibility for any injury caused to a third party by a business’ ‘A’ Board or other advertising material lies entirely with that business and not Essex County Highways or Uttlesford District Council. Businesses who wish to display an ‘A’ Board to promote their business are strongly advised therefore to have sufficient Public Liability Insurance for this purpose.

Uttlesford District Council reserves the right to revise these guidelines without prior notice should it become necessary.

For further information, please email or telephone Simon Jackson, Economic Development Officer, on 01799 510521 or 07977 246237 – sjackson@uttlesford.gov.uk

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Businesses display on the streets

Listen to Uttlesford District Council

Uttlesford ran a test of audio broadcasting committees. The proof of concept work went well and UDC managed to record the whole meeting and broadcast live on the web for the first 20 minutes. Below is a link to a web page where you can hear the recording and also see how the ‘jump to section’ part works.


Let me know what you think: cllrrose@uttlesford.go.uk

Listen to Uttlesford District Council