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.
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."
— Phill Skill (@phill_skill) March 4, 2014