Uppingham Town Council to wait for guidance on social media decision

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Councillors showed their support for the use of social media in meetings but delayed a decision until national guidelines are published.

On Wednesday Uppingham Town Council discussed a report by Couns Ron Simpson and Cornelius Vincent-Enright on the use of Twitter, Facebook and video by the press and public during meetings.

Coun Simpson said the council should embrace the new technologies, adding: “There is nothing to stop someone stepping outside the door and sending a tweet that they could have sent inside the room.

“The answer is to engage them positively if we can.”

Coun Vincent-Enright said: “My only reservation is the mass media are quite adept at miss-quoting or writing out of context.

“But we have got to move on otherwise we are going to be left behind.”

Coun Dick Reeve suggested waiting until guidelines from the National Association of Local Councils were published later this month before making a decision.

He added: “With filming you are going to require a very structured procedure. We will go down this road I am sure but we should wait another month.”

And mayor of Uppingham Dave Casewell said: “I think we are all in agreement that we are pushing against an open door.”

The council will discuss the issue again in October.