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Council votes against filming of meetings

Next generation Media, Blackpool, have built a state of the art room packed with technology including a green screen and sound booth to create videos for companies across the country and help artisitic youngsters learn more about being in front of the camera.
 Camera operator Andrew Dickinson.

Next generation Media, Blackpool, have built a state of the art room packed with technology including a green screen and sound booth to create videos for companies across the country and help artisitic youngsters learn more about being in front of the camera. Camera operator Andrew Dickinson.

Calls for Stapleford Town Council meetings to be filmed have been turned down by councillors.

Out of 16, two voted for the move, two abstained and the rest were against.

Cllr John Longdon said: “I am 100 per cent for filming because the technology is there and it is going to come in eventually anyway.

“Meetings should be filmed and put on the council’s website so anyone can view them at any time.

“I believe in transparency and filming would be one way towards that.”

Cllr Helen Grindell voted against the idea. She explained: “I don’t think the council will be able to afford to do it and if it was the last meeting that was being filmed some councillors would have shown themselves up due to their behaviour which could paint the council in a bad light.”

A draft regulation which could come into force by May, giving rights to everyone to film all council meetings, is currently before Parliament

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