COUNCILLORS at Torridge District Council have rejected plans to modernise and make their council and committee meetings more accessible to the public.
The proposal was put before councillors at a full council meeting last week.
Officers have been working on the scheme which would see changes coming into effect, such as shorter meeting agendas and the number of full council meetings being cut.
District council leader Philip Collins said: "We want to try and attract members of the public and have debates to interest them.
"There will be changes to the leadership team, the number of full council meetings would be reduced. There is no need to have this number of meetings in this format.
"We would increase the number of community and resources committee meetings and reduce the number of other committees.
"We could trial public speaking at community and resources committee and also hold meetings each year in places like Holsworthy and Torrington.
"We would look at the layout of the town hall for full council because there is not enough space for all the members so we might use another venue."
But the other councillors did not all agree the proposals would be beneficial.
Councillor Peter Christie said: "Some of these suggestions are non contentious and are common sense, but others have worrying implications.
"We look as though we are moving towards an executive style council because if you are not on community and resources you might as well not bother."
Councillor Andy Boyd said: "I looked at these and thought they were progressive and forward thinking.
"I agree with a scheme of delegation. I think the idea with the regard to meetings would be efficient. Often we seem to have meetings for the sake of having meetings."
In total 15 councillors were against the scheme and only six were in favour.
Mr Collins then called for each item on the list to be voted on separately but that was not possible due to a vote having already been taken.