Councillors bought iPads

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A parish council has claimed the purchase of seven iPads for members could save parishioners money.

In total the seven devices cost Colne Engaine Parish Council £2,310, to be used solely for parish council business.

Parish clerk Terry Rootsey said due to the high number of paper print outs needed, particularly for planning applications, it had been suggested that the council look at buying iPads as an efficient alternative.

Saving up to 500 sheets per meeting, councillors asked Mr Rootsey to work out whether the expense could be justified on a business point of view.

Looking at how much paper and the amount of the clerk’s time that could be saved, it was worked out the iPads value over four years would be neutralised by the savings.

“They are cost neutral and much more efficient and if they last longer than four years the council could save money,” said Mr Rootsey.

“I have spoken to a number of villagers and apart from one or two comments people feel the parish council do a jolly good job and think it makes sense.”

Councillors will only be given the devices once they have been trained and a usage protocol has been agreed.