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New order as meeting bins paper and goes electronic

09 January 2017

New order as meeting bins paper and goes electronic.

Rochdale councillors will show they are plugged in to the digital age when they hold their first ever paperless committee meeting.

Tomorrow night’s (Tuesday, 10 January 2017) Pennines Township will bin the paper, meaning agendas and reports are accessed through digital devices.

The radical step will save thousands of pounds, make meetings faster paced and improve engagement with the public.

Committee chair, Councillor John Blundell, was behind the visionary move to embrace digital democracy and begin a new dawn in council decision-making.

Rochdale’s historic first comes after parliament gave councils the green light to introduce paperless meetings.

Councillor Blundell said: “Paperless meetings will save us money, invigorate council meetings and encourage more members of the public to participate in local democracy.

'I want us to be innovative in embracing digital technology bringing meetings and decision-making closer to our residents. We might be reducing paper but we are increasing public participation which can only be a good thing.'

Pennines Township committee has further underlined its digital credentials by launching a new Twitter account @PenninesTowns.

The Pennine Township Meeting is on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 at 6.15pm in the Training and Conference Suite, First Floor, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU.

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