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Councillor bans filming at Gloucester City Council planning meeting

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

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Photos and filming banned by councillor Gordon Taylor

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A leading planning councillor has barred the press and public from taking photos or filming his meeting.

Councillor Gordon Taylor, chairman of Gloucester City Council’s planning committee, warned members of the public and the press at the start of last night's meeting that filming and photography would not be allowed.

It comes after the Citizen filmed some of the last planning meeting in a bid to allow readers to have an inside view of the meeting.

City council leader Paul James previously said in November 2013 that he had ‘no problem’ with meetings being filmed.

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A diktat from the Government’s secretary of state for communities Eric Pickles told local authorities that they must allow the public and press to film meetings if they wish to do so.

Mr James was asked by a member of the public at a meeting if he would allow such activity.

He said: “My personal view is that I have not got a problem with it whatsoever.

“I think much of the meetings would be of little interest to most, but there may be some contributions that would go viral.”

Phillip Skill, head of planning for Stroud District Council, said that his council, unlike Gloucester, filmed its meetings and was 'transparent'. He said: "Stroud Planning Committee is filmed by our own cameras and broadcast to the world from the website. Transparent."

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22 comments

  • Snappy_Happer  |  March 10 2014, 7:56PM

    Anyone else get the feeling that the ratings system is now open to blatant abuse by people with an axe to grind? On my forum, I could dispense karma however I chose, before the system was scrapped by proboards, but handing someone two hundred points was obviously tongue in cheek. There's a chance that some readers will actually think that these acts out of of pique hold any significance. At least people can't behave like this at meetings, anonymously, anyway...

  • Snappy_Happer  |  March 09 2014, 6:56PM

    Kay is right. If, as we expect, and as appears to be the overwhelming opinion of the public, filming of meetings is approved, there will be inarguable record of who said what, subject to sound quality. And given that an audio recording is even less of a threat to privacy than full audio-video, because those who don't speak aren't recorded at all, I see no reason why, if the latter is permitted, the former shouldn't be. It would be simplicity, indeed, for the council to make that audio recording and put it on the web, but if they don't, subject to filming being approved, we can. http://tinyurl.com/p3xcnr2

  • Kay_Powell  |  March 08 2014, 3:10PM

    Are you serious, Lechorche? Firstly, the minutes don't record everything that was said. Secondly, if I disagree with the minutes (which I sometimes do) how do I prove who remembers correctly what was said and by whom?

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  • Lecorche  |  March 08 2014, 10:28AM

    Are there no minutes,Kay?

  • Kay_Powell  |  March 06 2014, 6:35PM

    Angry of CK, hate the sin, not the sinner. Lecorche, I've already managed to get into a dispute with a council officer about what was and wasn't said at that very meeting. There should be a definative audio recording to make the matter clear. Gordon Taylor can only have banned recording to spare himself from ridicule - and that's backfired spectacularly.

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  • Lecorche  |  March 06 2014, 10:20AM

    Would we get live viewing as is the way with Westminster? Gawd help us! Then there's the repeats. Maybe adverts too. I'm with Gordon Taylor on this.

  • Snappy_Happer  |  March 05 2014, 11:23PM

    Angry, if that were so, I wouldn't think they'd need to act in such an underhand fashion. Unless that has become second nature to them, operating from the shadows..? I've got one incarnation, always have done. Me, like it or not.

  • AngryofCK  |  March 05 2014, 9:55PM

    Snappy-Happer, have you stopped to consider that all the red thumbs probably come from regular users of this site who have rumbled your latest incarnation...how many is that now?

  • spragger  |  March 05 2014, 7:43PM

    All in the pursuit of openness & democracy? Do these idiots not know who is paying for them? Get it broadcast

  • Kay_Powell  |  March 05 2014, 3:57PM

    Paul James still says that he has no problem with the recording of Council meetings and will be putting out a definitive statement soon. In the meantime, I've made an official complaint about Councillor Taylor in relation to this matter and another deficiency in chairmanship. I've also made an official complaint about Councillor Bhaimia about his failure to declare an interest in the riding arena item.

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