NYCC Breach Recording Legislation

The cornerstone of British democracy is that it is held up to public scrutiny. A fundamental aspect of this public scrutiny is that members of the public can lawfully record public council meetings.

NYCC No Recording

Disgracefully North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) breach the publics lawful right with their Protocol on Audio Visual Recording and Photography at Meetings document which contains the false statements below:

  1. “subject to the recording being conducted under the direction of the Chairman of the meeting”
  2. “some members of the public attending its meetings may not wish to be recorded. The Chairman of the meeting will facilitate this by ensuring that any such request not to be recorded is respected by those doing the recording.”
  3. “Anyone wishing to record must contact, prior to the start of the meeting, the Democratic Services Officer
  4. “The recording must be overt (ie clearly visible to anyone at the meeting)”
  5. “Any children or young people under the age of 18 who are present at the meeting are not to be filmed unless their parents/guardians have given their written consent”

Complaint To NYCC

—– Original Message —–

From: Andy Strangeway

To: Barry.Khan@northyorks.gov.uk

Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 2:16 PM

Subject: Formal Complaint – Recording of Meetings

Dear Barry,

I write to you to register a formal complaint against North Yorkshire County Council for their “Protocol on Audio/Visual Recording and Photography at Meetings” as it in breach of fundamental legislation. The statements below are all false and in breach of legislation:

  1. “subject to the recording being conducted under the direction of the Chairman of the meeting”
  2. “some members of the public attending its meetings may not wish to be recorded. The Chairman of the meeting will facilitate this by ensuring that any such request not to be recorded is respected by those doing the recording.”
  3. “Anyone wishing to record must contact, prior to the start of the meeting, the Democratic Services Officer
  4. “The recording must be overt (ie clearly visible to anyone at the meeting)”
  5. “Any children or young people under the age of 18 who are present at the meeting are not to be filmed unless their parents/guardians have given their written consent”

Kindest Regards,

Andy Strangeway

https://andystrangeway.wordpress.com/

“(Yorkshiremen are) richly endowed with that gritty determination, that wilful refusal to give up and that sheer bloody-mindedness that eventually prevails.” Sir Bernard Ingham

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