Have Your Say: Revamp is no vanity project
WHILE I would agree with John Collins (Have Your Say, Oct 2) that £600,000 is a lot of money, in this instance (a revamp of the council chamber) I believe it will be money well spent.
I attend most meetings of council and have watched the chamber deteriorate over many years. The lighting and sound system is antique, the flooring is taped down in places for health and safety reasons and the seating areas are uncomfortable and cramped.
Additionally, the layout of the chamber makes access extremely difficult for disabled users.
When issues are being debated you are usually looking at the back of the speakers head and have to strain to hear what is being said and if there is no call for a named vote there is no official record of who voted which way.
This is why the introduction of the electronic voting system is essential because it will allow members of the public to hold each individual councillor to account for what they say and how they vote.
If more members of the public attended council meetings they would see that the revamp of the council chamber is long overdue; it is not a 'vanity project'.
It will open up the democratic process to a much wider audience because it will enable people in their own homes to follow the escapades of those who are responsible for the corporate governance of the council.
This is progressive democracy in action.