Should Swindon Council broadcast its meetings?

Currently it doesn't - unlike neighbouring Wiltshire Council which webcasts the meetings held in the council chamber at County Hall in Trowbridge - full council meetings and cabinet.

And while communications officers said they would look at the idea to see whether it's the best way to get greater public engagement, at least one councillor isn't keen.

Head of the borough council's communications team Phil Avery was asked whether the authority should put its meetings on the web by Coun Roger Smith at the meeting of the communities and place scrutiny committee.

Mr Avery said: "I think we'd have to try and gauge the appetite for that in the wider public. Do they want to be able to watch a two hour meeting in its entirety, or do they want to grasp the issue quicker in a small bite on social media?"

The committee's chairman Coun Claire Ellis said she hoped, if webcasting did come in, it would be after May, when she indicated she would be stepping down from the council as she didn't want to be broadcast while attending or chairing meetings.