Tuesday 17 October, promises to be a very exciting day for Newbury Town Council.
We will be broadcasting our first live webcast from the Council Chamber as the town’s sixth form schools take part in our first Debating Competition during the Council’s Local Democracy programme.
Park House, Trinity, St. Bartholomew’s and St. Gabriel’s schools are entering teams and the topics for debate include “People should not eat meat”, “Political parties are bad for democracy” and “Prisons are too soft”. The debates will take place in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall, with the first round heats from 1.30 pm and the 2 best teams going forward to the final at 4.00 pm, where they will battle it out for the Perpetual Shield. The prizes have been generously sponsored by the Newbury Weekly News. The debates will be chaired by the Mayor of Newbury, Cllr David Fenn.
Cllr Adrian Edwards, Leader of the Council said, “The Council Chamber has limited accommodation, so the webcast will make the schools debates accessible for schools, students, families and friends of those participating, as well as providing a valuable record of the proceedings. The Debating Competition is a first for the Town Council so it seems fit that this will be our first webcast from the Town Hall. We hope to be able to use this technology in future Committee Meetings”.
He continued, “Many meetings at the Town Hall are open to the public and we encourage public engagement, however, we realise it is not always easy for people to come along in person. With this facility we hope to be able to encourage more people to engage with the Council either on the website or by attending Council Meetings and it is an important addition to our programme of democratic engagement.”
The webcast will be available on the front page of the Council’s website: https://www.newbury.gov.uk/