Emails won't save the planet

SENDING council agendas to town councillors electronically will save staff time but not necessarily help save the planet.

SENDING council agendas to town councillors electronically will save staff time but not necessarily help save the planet.That's what members of Honiton Town Council's policy committee heard this week when considering a recommendation from town clerk Lyn Hargood to offer councillors the option for a trial period.Councillor Roy Coombs said many councillors would print the documents out at home, still using paper, ink and causing wear and tear on printers.One councillor, Alf Boom, was concerned about the costs that could be incurred by individuals.He suggested councillors be offered an allowance to pay for paper and ink.Councillor Michael Teare was outraged, saying he felt very strongly against an additional payment on top of councillors' existing annual allowance. He feared ratepayers would object and said he would be embarrassed to accept such a payment.Not all councillors accept the existing allowance.Deputy mayor Counillor Vivienne Ash said she accepted emails were "the way things are going" but preferred to receive agendas on paper.The committee recommended the clerk's suggestion as an option for those interested, but did not endorse any additional payments to councillors.