People attending council meetings in Amber Valley will be able
to Facebook and Tweet during the meetings if rules about use of
social media are relaxed. A report to Council is recommending
new guidelines from the Government allowing people to blog,
Facebook or Tweet during the public parts of the Borough
Council's meetings from Full Council to Cabinet to Planning
Existing guidelines restrict open filming in Council meetings but
new guidelines from the Department for Communities and Local
Government mean that those rules could be relaxed within
reason so people can even film or record during the meetings as
long as they don't cause an interruption to normal
proceedings. The aim of the change is to make Council
meetings more transparent and open to the general public, although
it will remain at the Chairman of the meetings discretion to call a
halt if the use of the social media or filming causes a disruption
to the meeting.
Councillor Stuart Bradford, Leader of Amber Valley Borough
Council said: "We're simply considering new guidelines from the
Government that could encourage greater transparancy in the
democratic process, which has to be positive move.
We're not suggesting people turn up with a film crew but the use of
mobile phones, for example, to write blogs or send Tweets or
Facebook updates could be welcome, as long as they do not have an
adverse impact on the conduct of the meeting."
Notes to editors
If the guidelines are adopted and the recommendations adopted the
Council's public information sheet on the conduct of meetings will
be updated accordingly.
Further information can be found at www.ambervalley.gov.uk
Reference: Standards for England Report from the Department for
Communities and Local Governement.
For further information please contact Luke Barrett Communications
Manager on 01773 841 655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org