Herefordshire Council is to broadcast meetings live over the web.

The authority, which first considered ‘Council TV’ back in 2010, will trial the scheme on Wednesday, February 1, broadcasting a planning meeting live from its Brockington offices.

The webcast will be available to watch at the council’s website – – and give residents who can’t attend or who have never been inside the council chamber a chance to watch councillors debate and then decide on a number of planning applications.

The webcast will remain online for people to watch later in the day if they can’t log on at 10.30am.

While admitting that a decent broadband internet connection will be needed to watch the webcast, Herefordshire Council’s electoral services manager John Jones said live broadcasts will make local democracy more transparent and open and is asking for feedback on the scheme.