HUNDREDS of viewers tuned in to the first city council webcast, with figures of 611 far higher than expected.
Proceedings of the September meeting were broadcast online – and a snap survey found 84 per cent of viewers reporting a greater understanding of how decisions are made.
The main item on the future of Leith Waterworld included a speech from community group Splashback, which is seeking to take over the running of the site. A vote resulted in the group being given until January to improve their business case.
Council insiders suggested viewing figures were far higher than expected, despite a relatively uncontroversial agenda. Upcoming debates on Portobello High School, in October, could attract thousands of viewers.
“A bit of a revelation,” viewer Colin McEwan wrote on Twitter. “They are not the bunch of morons received wisdom would have us think.”