A press release from the Department for Communities and Local Government released today shows that Eric Pickles MP is serious about opening up Town Halls in England giving residents, bloggers and journalists the ability to report, blog, tweet and … [Read more...] about Eric Pickles to use law to open up Town Halls
Sarah Hartley An update to the whole council filming issue we're tracking here comes today from my own local authority, Richmondshire District Council. Following a request in March, and subsequent hosting of a workshop for councillors, the elected … [Read more...] about Richmondshire Council to take votes on filming request
The national media is starting to pick up on the unfolding story of members of the public challenging their local authorities over the right to film or otherwise record public meetings. In an unlikely pairing, both The Telegraph and Private Eye have … [Read more...] about National media picks up on local council filming issue
There was a point in 2006 where I was determined to photograph every dog turd, needle, broken street light, abandoned car and discarded condom in Caledonian Ward and put those pictures on the internet if that was what it took to get the situation … [Read more...] about The internet and dogged local campaigning – is this 'new model activism'?
Since the new rules from the Communities and Local Government secretary Eric Pickles came into force, people are starting to challenge their local councils and attempt to film public meetings. We're going to map them here - can you help us? … [Read more...] about Mapping the council filming wrangles
Since the good news that we posted here last week which seemingly gave those of us who wish to film council meetings the right to do so, we've heard different experiences. In Bexley, a filming ban is reportedly still to remain due to the council's … [Read more...] about Update: Council filming 'right' for bloggers has limits