Council sets up Twitter feed after ban
CLEVEDON Town Council has set up its own Twitter feed and Facebook page – just weeks after it banned members from tweeting during meetings.
The council hit the headlines earlier this year after introducing new rules banning councillors from sending messages during meetings.
The move came after complaints that some councillors were using mobile phones or other handheld devices to send tweets during meetings. Councillors said tweeting disturbed the meeting and could lead to incomplete information being shared with the public.
As a result, all councillors have to switch off their phones or other hand held devices during the meeting – unless they have special dispensation from the chairman.
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Now the council has set up its own Twitter feed @clevedontc and Facebook page to regulate the flow of information relating to its affairs.
Both will be used only to post information on council activities and conduct surveys.
Town council clerk Paula Heath said: "The Twitter feed and Facebook page is being run by appointed council staff and guidelines have been set up as to what content can be put on the feed. This was never about stopping councillors from tweeting – it was just about communicating in such ways during meetings."