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Filming of Keighley Council comes a step nearer
9:59pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
by Rhys Thomas T&A Reporter Keighley Town Council last night took a step closer to allowing its meetings to be filmed.
Councillors agreed to two recommendations – one just “in principle” – during a heated meeting at the town hall.
They agreed that the council should look into making arrangements to film its meetings professionally, which was recommendation one. They agreed in principle the second one, which was that members of the public wishing to film the meeting should get the council’s permission seven days in advance and then abide by filming protocols – which have yet to be confirmed.
Councillors agreed that public filming could take place but insisted protocols be put in place and rubber-stamped before a final decision.
The resolutions were proposed by the council’s policies and governance committee, and came in the wake of a dispute which saw 11 members of the public removed from a council meeting by police officers.
They were escorted out of the July full meeting after refusing to stop filming the proceedings. They want meetings filmed in the interest of transparency.
Last night, a petition containing 1,587 signatures was handed in to the council in support of filming being allowed. Seven councillors decided to leave the chamber before the petitioner spoke and handed it in. Ingrow resident Elizabeth Mitchell was one of the people ejected from the meeting in July. Speaking after last night’s meeting she said: “I think the petition has worked, but we are worried about the protocols – they could be very limiting.”
The meeting heard the views of numerous councillors, the majority of whom were not opposed to meetings being filmed, as long as everyone was clear what the cost of professional filming was.