Austen powers ahead with online media
Published 09/06/2011 | 14:51
Though many political parties have toyed with the YouTube generation during election time, one local councillor has bitten the broadband bullet and begun uploading video shorts in a bid to bring council meetings to the masses.
Independent councillor Austen Lennon, who last year created a Facebook site for North Down Borough council — against the Town Clerk Trevor Polley’s direct wishes resulting in its unofficial status — has decided further action in communications necessary “to create a more open and honest” council.
Mr Lennon told the Community Telegraph: “We are still in the dark ages as far as communicating with the public is concerned and I thought this was a great way for people to get an insight into council meetings.
“I don’t mind if people agree or disagree with what I have to say — it’s getting the information out to a larger audience, being open and honest and letting people know what’s going on in their council, that’s important.
“What I intend to do is not only cover council meetings but I also hope to do a special report on the Queen’s Parade development.
“I will be getting other people involved and hope to give the electorate a deeper insight into how much revenue has been lost because of the way this development has taken place.
“I also hope to do a special on what powers the council have when it comes to planning applications.
“I don’t think any other councillor is doing this in this country or even in Ireland as a whole.
“It would be great if more politicians follow suit.”