Town Council chambers given a £6,000 revamp
and Highbridge Town Council has unveiled a £6,000 upgrade
of the council's chambers this week.
old horseshoe-shaped arrangement of seating and tables - which was
often criticized because the audience could not see councillors
or fully hear them - has been replaced with a new set-up where all
councillors face the audience.
microphones and speakers have also been installed in the chambers
at a cost of £2,700 to improve sound quality.
a £2,700 high-tech ceiling-mounted projector screen has been
installed at one end of the chambers. It lowers down into the room
when required, providing improved visibility.
Martin Cox, Chairman of the council's Staffing and Resources Committee,
said: "We were frequently told by the public attending our
meetings that it was difficult to hear what is being said during
debates so the changes are a great improvement."
Clerk Tatiana Cant added: "Everyone feels a part of the meeting
now - it's not just a huddle of councillors."
Michael Clarke added that while he welcomes the new arranagement,
he wouldn't want the council to make a "great mistake"
by removing a big wooden table at the back of the chambers. "Replacing
it with a plastic fold-out village hall style table would be such
a sad loss," he said. Cllr Mike Facey responded that no decision
has been taken to replace it, and he quipped that "all options
are still on the table."
voted in September to proceed with the "long overdue"
project to modernise the council chambers in Burnham's Jaycroft
it used to look - the old 'horseshoe' arranagement of the council
chambers has gone as councillors had their backs to members of the