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Committee meetings being held virtually where practicable

During the coronavirus pandemic, we will hold meetings virtually where practicable, although some might be cancelled. Check the committee meeting calendar to see whether meetings are going ahead, and meeting agendas for details of how to connect.

About council committees and meetings

Every councillor sits on a number of committees and helps make or review decisions on behalf of the council.

Regulatory committees make decisions that the executive councillors are not allowed to make, while decisions that they have made are reviewed by scrutiny committees.

Taking part in committee meetings

We are committed to extending the participation of local people in our decision making and increasing the influence local people have over issues in their communities. 

Area committees bring the council's decision-making into local communities and give local people the opportunity of voicing their views and ideas about how to improve community life.

Filming, recording and photography

The Council is committed to being open and transparent in the way it conducts its decision making.

The public may record (eg film, audio, tweet, blog) meetings which are open to the public.

The Chair of the meeting has the discretion to stop or suspend recording if in their opinion continuing to do so would disrupt proceedings at the meeting. The circumstances in which this might occur include:

  • Excessive noise in recording or setting up and moving equipment
  • Intrusive lighting and use of flash photography
  • Asking people to make repeat statements for the purposes of recording
  • Moving to areas outside the area designated for the public without the Chair’s consent

Those recording meetings are strongly urged to respect the wish of any member of the public not to be recorded.

Agendas for, and signage at, meetings will make it clear that recording can take place. Anyone who does not wish to be recorded should let the Chair of the meeting know.

Recording and reporting the meetings is subject to the law and it is the responsibility of those doing the recording and reporting to ensure compliance; e.g. with the Human Rights Act, the Data Protection Act and the laws of libel, defamation and public order. Freedom of speech within the law should also be exercised with personal and social responsibility – showing respect and tolerance towards the views of others.