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New guidelines for filming at council meetings to be issued

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

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New filming guidelines to be announced in March

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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.

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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.”

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9 comments

  • Kay_Powell  |  March 25 2014, 3:46PM

    Not all councillors are up to speed on this one. Please read the letter from Chris Witts in the Citizen of 22nd March.

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  • NickKeyworth  |  March 10 2014, 10:49AM

    I am pleased to hear the council have realised they must now allow filming after all but they are wrong to suggest that people must seek the chairmans 'permission' beforehand. The government's guidance clearly state that permission does not need to be sought before filming (or tweeting or blogging). The only exception is if certain sensitive items are to held in closed session with members of the public and press excluded as has always been the case.

  • Snappy_Happer  |  March 08 2014, 11:54AM

    Perhaps so, Lecorche, but a diktat encouraging open government is a lot less odious than the alternative, in anyone's book...

  • Lecorche  |  March 08 2014, 10:26AM

    The democratic solution would be to ask us voters if we want this to happen. A Diktat from Eric Pickles is wrong,as is any Diktat.

  • Snappy_Happer  |  March 08 2014, 9:59AM

    Jemmy Wood, precisely. They deliver their pronouncements from on high as if there could be no gainsaying them, and if you 'tolerate this', they will indeed pass into inflexible lore. We have tolerated much. "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty."

  • JemmyWood  |  March 07 2014, 5:35PM

    No, no, no...... Guidelines DO NOT need to be drawn up at all, Eric Pickles set the president and Paul James needs to stand up to his words. We all know 'guidelines need to be drawn up' means dragging of feet and hoping it will all be forgotten. There is NO REASON why recording and filming cannot happen except that certain councillors are attempting to hide things from the public.

  • jackson99  |  March 07 2014, 5:16PM

    I thougt Councillors worked for us. Seems they have a over inflated view of themselves.

  • MrGarnet  |  March 07 2014, 5:01PM

    What are they trying to hide?

  • Kay_Powell  |  March 07 2014, 4:39PM

    What about audio recording? I'm going to turn up at next month's planning meeting and record it without first seeking permission. Let's see if Gordon has me arrested! It could be an interesting meeting. You're all invited.

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