Brecon Beacons is the first National Park Authority in the UK to webcast a range of meetings. We believe this helps make us more accountable to local residents and businesses and allows members of the public to better understand the work we do and our decision making processes.
You can read more about our webcasting initiative below or alternatively visit our dedicated webcasting microsite to look through videos of previous meetings and find out about forthcoming webcasts.
A webcast is a transmission of audio and video over the Internet, rather like a television programme, enabling you to watch our meetings live from the comfort of your own home on your computer. In addition to watching the video stream, you can browse all the related papers and presentation materials too.
If you miss the live broadcast of a meeting, a full recording of it will be available online usually within 48 hours of a meeting finishing and this can be viewed at any time up to 6 months after the date of broadcast. All our videos are indexed so that you can easily find the specific part of a meeting you are interested in.
We are running an 18 month pilot programme to test the technical, operational and commercial feasibility of a webcasting solution for recording authority business. Our experience will be shared with a group of other Authorities who have expressed an interest in webcasting and could help provide the justification for public sector organisations all over Wales to adopt similar solutions.
The National Park Authority is committed to the principles of 'Citizen-Centred Governance' and public service values such as the Nolan principles of openness and accountability. This project helps us to deliver against several of these principles, such as:
The primary aim is to improve accessibility and transparency of decision making and overall governance.
We will be reporting on our progress at various stages as the project progresses but in the mean time, why not take a few moments to have a look at our webcasting microsite and let us know what you think.