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Row after student thrown out of council meeting for trying to film it
A ROW has broken out after a Bournemouth University student was thrown out of a council meeting for trying to record it.
Mike Chizlett attempted to use a video at a full council meeting at Bournemouth town hall on Tuesday.
But the meeting was immediately stopped by the mayor, Cllr Rod Cooper and Mr Chizlett, a Bournemouth resident, was escorted from the premises.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles issued guidance in June saying councils should allow video recording, as well as tweeting, from council meetings. The Local Audit and Accountability Bill currently going through parliament will force councils to allow both.
Mr Chizlett is a member of the Liberal Democrats who stood at the last election in Kinson South. He says he is trying to make council meetings more open and democratic.
“I strongly believe that our elected officials should be accountable for the decisions they make in a public forum in a public place,” he said.
But chief executive of Bournemouth Borough Council, Tony Williams, said: “It is with regret that Mr Chizlett chose to use a council meeting to make his point.
“I can confirm that Mr Chizlett has been in communication for some time with us on the issue and indeed has been informed on a number of occasions that filming of full council meetings is not currently permitted without the consent of the meeting.
“This was also advised prior to the meeting.
“Unfortunately Mr Chizlett chose to ignore the policy of the council. He has subsequently apologised for his actions.
“The council is currently reviewing its position both in light of our aim for increased transparency and the government’s intention to amend the current bill before Parliament. Mr Chizlett is aware of our review.
“The outcome of the review will be presented to council for a decision and members will be asked to consider the issue and make an informed decision having reviewed all relevant information.”
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