Bexley council backs open meetings

PUBLISHED: 10:52 07 September 2012

New regulations aimed at making proceedings more open have been welcomed by Bexley council.

Local government secretary Eric Pickles has announced all decisions will have to be taken in an open and public forum.

Under the new regulations, which begin in earnest on Monday (September 10), the definition of the term ‘media’ was extended to include organisations providing internet news.

Local authorities will be required to provide facilities for bloggers to report proceedings as well as established news organisations.

A council spokesman said: “We are totally supportive of legitimate political debate and we will be considering the recent changes to regulations surrounding council meetings.”

Bexley council currently bans the filming or recording of council proceedings and would not be drawn on whether this would be lifted.

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