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Town councillors cautious over camera

But members vote to purchase one worth up to £600

Fiona Tomas

Fiona Tomas


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Town councillors cautious over camera

NEWBURY town councillors were hesitant in making a decision over a proposal to buy a camera worth up to £600. 

At a meeting of the council’s policy and resources committee on Monday, January 14, members discussed whether to spend the three-figure sum on the camera, which would be used for press releases, the council’s social media channels and its website.

Despite unanimously voting in favour of the proposal, councillors struggled to see monetary value and megapixels through the same lens.

Tony Stretton (Con, Clay Hill) conceded that £600 was not a lot of money for the price of a camera, suggesting that a camera of a certain quality would help develop the town council’s work a lot more.

But opposition member Julian Swift-Hook (Lib Dem, Pyle Hill) remained cautious in resolving to spend hundreds of pounds if council staff were unknowledgeable about using it.

Mr Swift Hook said: “In order for the camera to be valuable, it has to be operated by somebody who knows what they’re doing with a camera worth £600.  

“I wonder, is it necessary to spend that much when, with current digital equipment, it’s amazing what you can get on a camera which costs £200.

“There’s no point in buying the world’s most sophisticated camera unless you actually know what you’re doing with it.”

Mr Stretton added that DSLR cameras – single lens reflex – were user-friendly and that it was “not difficult” to use them, despite comments from chairman Adrian Edwards (Con, St John’s) that he had problems using a mobile phone.

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  • NoisyNortherner

    15/02/2019 - 11:21

    They'd have been better buying a cheaper point and click camera and a tripod. Unless you know what you're doing, you don't need an SLR. Stability goes a long way when taking static pictures.


  • NewburyLad

    15/02/2019 - 08:03

    Why not just use your mobile phones? - we know you all will have smart phones with decent built in picture taking abilities, and I would be surprised if your mobile phone costs aren't in your council expense submissions anyway. For press releases and the internet, YOU DO NOT NEED A PROFESSIONAL CAMERA OPERATED BY A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER. I am quite sure the Tory councillor could actually afford to buy the camera out of his own pocket, and then use it for said press releases etc. This is why we do not trust politicians of any colour these days, its always about making sure *you* don't have to make a sacrifice.