You would have thought that it would be possible to find our which way your local councillor voted on important matters which affect the local community but apparently that is not routinely recorded in the minutes of Broadland District Council's meetings - so much for transparency!
Occasionally a recorded vote is requested as at the Extraordinary Council Meeting held on 25th February this year and we can see how councillors voted on the submission of the Joint Core Strategy:
Mrs Bannock, Mr Bracey, Mr Carrick, Mr Clancy, Mrs Cottingham, Mrs Davis Claydon, Mr Debbage, Mr Fisher, Mr Foulger, Mr Graham, Mr Green, Mr Iles, Mr Kelly, Mr Knowles, Mr Leggett, Mr Mallett, Mr Nash, Mr Proctor, Mr C Thompson, Mr Vincent, Mr Ward and Mr Woodbridge
Mr Balcombe, Mr Beadle, Mrs Beadle, Mr Harrison, Mr Joyce, Mr Kular, Mr McGilvray and Mr Starling
Mr Dewgarde and Mrs Peters
However, in the normal case we obviously need one of these hard-working organisations working at local government level - www.publicwhip.org.uk or www.theyworkforyou.com - although www.openlylocal.com is a good start. Meanwhile we're in the dark unless someone requests a recorded vote under Procedural Rule 17.4.