Reporting and filming of council meetings

Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the Council, Cabinet or Committee meetings and listen to the debate. Guidelines which apply to England give rights to members of the press and public to record and report on meetings using a variety of modern technologies.

The government has published a plain English guide of practical information on how the public can exercise their new rights, and what they should expect from their local government bodies such as Uttlesford District Council.

The Openness of Local Government Regulations 2014 give rights to members of the press and public to:

  • use modern technology and communication methods such as filming, audio-recording, blogging and tweeting to report the proceedings of the meetings of their councils and other local government bodies
  • see information relating to significant decisions made outside meetings by officers acting under a general or specific delegated power
     

Broadcasts of council meetings

We livestream Council, Cabinet and committee meetings, as well as meetings of the Local Plan Leadership Group. You can access a broadcast on the relevant meeting page
 

Part II Items

In common with all councils, some agenda items, known as Part II items, are debated in a closed meeting, because they deal with information which is personal or sensitive for some other reason. The guidelines covering these items are covered by the Local Government Act 1972. Agenda papers must give the reason for their inclusion in Part II and members must vote to exclude the press and public from that part of the meeting.