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Uplyme Parish Council
The original reason for beginning these parish council pages back in June 2001 was to subtly encourage the parish council to publish minutes of their meetings on the internet. With the passing of time that objective has now (October 2005) been achieved, although it would probably have happened without my vain attempt to encourage the council to do so.
This move can no longer be considered pioneering stuff. Just type into the Google search engine "parish council minutes" and see how many hits you get.
The following article taken from the Lyme Regis News of 15th June 2001 shows that "even" the Lyme Regis Town Council, not the most progressive of authorities, was long ago considering going down this road. (It was further announced in December 2004 that a website would be up and running hopefully before Christmas!):
"Measures to bring local government closer to the people are being considered by Lyme Regis councillors.
The finance committee heard on Wednesday from chairman Coun Jeff Evemy that the council WebSite could be featuring council minutes decisions and details about procedures in the future.
Town clerk Michael Lewis said "The object is to make local government more accessible to the local people". The chairman said that, at this stage, the intention was to feature text only provided by council staff.
"If we are going to be more informed, perhaps we could have a parish newsletter on the WebSite," commented Coun Nick Cornwall. "All these things can be developed", said Coun Ayvin Rogers".
The publication of a parish newsletter is also one of the things that is looked for during the accreditation process and the inclusion of such on a website would be an obvious benefit. Of course this all means extra work for the parish clerk but this is all part and parcel of going down the Quality Council Status road. The inclusion of the minutes, presumably already in electronic format, on a website will entail negligible extra work.
Information of the Quality Status Parish Council Scheme and the advantages it offers is available here.
13th June 2001
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