Hopes that future meetings of Pembrokeshire County Council will be available to watch over the internet have been boosted.

Carl Sargeant, the Welsh minister for local government, has provided local authorities with an additional £1125 to assist in broadcasting council meetings and boosting local democracy.

And county council officers will next week attend a meeting at the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority to see a trial of the public webcasting system being piloted by the park.

The issue has been on the agenda of Pembrokeshire County Council for more than a year after Cllr David Howlett placed a notice of motion calling for the public to be able to film council meetings.

It was later agreed that rather than the public film meetings, the county council should examine ways of webcasting proceedings.

Two companies have submitted tenders to the council to develop the project at county hall and a further report will be given to members following the meeting in Brecon.