Audio recordings of council meetings halted

Harborough District Council Offices
Harborough District Council Offices

AUDIO recordings of Harborough District Council meetings are no longer being made.

The council had been posting recordings of meetings online, allowing residents who were unable to attend to download and listen to debates.

But it announced recently the practice would cease, after the equipment used to record the meetings began to fail.

The recording machines, which also amplify the voice through a speaker system in the council chamber, have been a source of irritation for councillors for years.

Speakers were often seen swapping the machines during council meetings, in an effort to find one that worked.

The council said in a statement this week: “The recording system is getting old and needs replacing, but rather than purchase a new system just before we move out of the building, we plan to have a new system in place ready for when we return to the refurbished offices.”

The authority is to transform its Adam and Eve Street headquarters in a £5.75m project, due for completion in early 2014.