NEW guidelines of filming at Gloucester City Council meetings are to be drawn up.
Councillor Gordon Taylor, chairman of the planning committee, banned filming at a recent meeting.
But council leader Paul James has previously said that he has no problem with it.
Now he has said that new guidelines will be drawn up to allow filming to take place – but in the interim period the press and public will have to ask permission from the chairman before the meeting starts.
Mr James said: “I stated recently that I was happy for recording to take place at council meetings. However, we have not, as yet, adopted any formal policies or guidelines covering the way this can be done. Currently any recording at council meetings is at the discretion of the chair of the meeting.
“We aim to have formal guidelines in place by the end of March.
“We very much support open and transparent government and any measures which promote interest and participation in our meetings, debates and activities. I have written to the Chairs of all committees in order that a consistent approach is taken in anticipation of a formal policy being adopted.”