Bournemouth Council agrees to filming of meetings to ‘encourage openness in the decision-making process’

Bournemouth Echo: Bournemouth Town Hall Bournemouth Town Hall

MEMBERS of the public will now be able to film Bournemouth Council meetings, councillors have agreed.

Residents, bloggers and journalists will be allowed to report, blog, tweet and film meetings, providing this is not done in an intrusive or disruptive way.

The council will also take an audio recording of meetings and broadcast these on its website.

This is to prevent councillors’ comments from being taken out of context and used to suit particular purposes.

It was also agreed that these audio recordings should be checked before being published and left to the Monitoring Officer to decide whether anything needed to be removed for legal reasons.

Cllr Mike Greene, cabinet member for corporate policy and strategy, said: “There’s already an arrangement in place where members of the public are allowed to film or otherwise record cabinet meetings.

“We are recommending to full council that this is extended to other meetings, particularly full council and the statutory bodies of planning and licensing.

“This I’m pleased to do in the interests of encouraging openness in the decision-making process.

“I hope people will support that.

“If we are to allow filming by members of the public, it’s necessary also to ensure members of the council are not being misrepresented or remarks are not being taken out of context.

“The suggestion we’re proposing is that the council should arrange to audio record these same meetings.”

The council intends to spend around £12,000 replacing the existing sound system with a new portable microphone system.

It will also spend around £4,230 to introduce audio recording facilities.

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7:08am Tue 4 Feb 14

wonderway says...

well that wont show anything every thing is decided behind closed doors well before council meetings
all these meetings are is a false front for beasley and his lemmings
well that wont show anything every thing is decided behind closed doors well before council meetings all these meetings are is a false front for beasley and his lemmings wonderway

7:30am Tue 4 Feb 14

Lord Spring says...

You've been framed, material
You've been framed, material Lord Spring

7:40am Tue 4 Feb 14

jobsworthwatch says...

Going to need a slow motion camera then, one frame per minute should do it.
Going to need a slow motion camera then, one frame per minute should do it. jobsworthwatch

7:48am Tue 4 Feb 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
Going to need a slow motion camera then, one frame per minute should do it.
Or a camera with a motion sensor!
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: Going to need a slow motion camera then, one frame per minute should do it.[/p][/quote]Or a camera with a motion sensor! The-Bleeding-Obvious

9:00am Tue 4 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

It would be more useful for the people of Bournemouth if we had cameras in the places where these decisions are really being taken - rather than in the 'theatre' where they are simply rubber stamped.
It would be more useful for the people of Bournemouth if we had cameras in the places where these decisions are really being taken - rather than in the 'theatre' where they are simply rubber stamped. muscliffman

9:27am Tue 4 Feb 14

yet_another_one says...

wonderway wrote:
well that wont show anything every thing is decided behind closed doors well before council meetings
all these meetings are is a false front for beasley and his lemmings
Absolutely, spot on - a waste of time and money.
But I'm sure Bournemouth Council are not alone in pre-meetings to decide what they will vote for or not as the case may be.
It's akin to Trade Union "block" voting from the distant past that was vetoed by then successive Tory governments - talk about kettle calling pot black !!!
Not a democratic process at all.
[quote][p][bold]wonderway[/bold] wrote: well that wont show anything every thing is decided behind closed doors well before council meetings all these meetings are is a false front for beasley and his lemmings[/p][/quote]Absolutely, spot on - a waste of time and money. But I'm sure Bournemouth Council are not alone in pre-meetings to decide what they will vote for or not as the case may be. It's akin to Trade Union "block" voting from the distant past that was vetoed by then successive Tory governments - talk about kettle calling pot black !!! Not a democratic process at all. yet_another_one

9:33am Tue 4 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

How many have an Equity card?
How many have an Equity card? BIGTONE

11:04am Tue 4 Feb 14

Rabbitman64 says...

I don't think too many people are going to watch Beesley and his nodding donkeys???
I don't think too many people are going to watch Beesley and his nodding donkeys??? Rabbitman64

11:22am Tue 4 Feb 14

BmthNewshound says...

muscliffman wrote:
It would be more useful for the people of Bournemouth if we had cameras in the places where these decisions are really being taken - rather than in the 'theatre' where they are simply rubber stamped.
I couldn't agree more. The "official" council meetings are an absolute sham. All the key decisions are made by Beesley and his Star Chamber well and truly out of the pubic gaze.
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This is really just a PR stunt and a box ticking exercise by Beesley to give the impression of openness and transparency and is part of the lead up to next years elections just like the announcements planned for the Winter Gardens and Imax sites.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: It would be more useful for the people of Bournemouth if we had cameras in the places where these decisions are really being taken - rather than in the 'theatre' where they are simply rubber stamped.[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. The "official" council meetings are an absolute sham. All the key decisions are made by Beesley and his Star Chamber well and truly out of the pubic gaze. . This is really just a PR stunt and a box ticking exercise by Beesley to give the impression of openness and transparency and is part of the lead up to next years elections just like the announcements planned for the Winter Gardens and Imax sites. BmthNewshound

5:47pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Azphreal says...

'whether anything needed to be removed for legal reasons.' and then data protection so i wonder how much will be removed.
'whether anything needed to be removed for legal reasons.' and then data protection so i wonder how much will be removed. Azphreal

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