Branscombe Parish Council Calendar
Members of the public and press are invited to attend. If requested, there will be a max. of 15 minutes public participation at the start of the Council meeting. Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes per person. Matters raised should be within the remit of the Agenda of the Council and with the prior permission of the Chair. Requests to speak should be received by noon of the day of the meeting. Members of the public exercising their right to speak will be recorded.
Under the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, any members of the public are now allowed to take photographs, film and audio record the proceedings and report on all public meetings (including on social media). No prior notification is needed but it would be helpful to let the office know of any plans to film or record so that any necessary arrangements can be made to provide reasonable facilities. This permission does not extend to private meetings or parts of meetings which are not open to the public. All recording and photography equipment should be taken away if a public meeting moves into a session which is not open to the public.
If you are recording the meeting, you are asked to act in a reasonable manner and not disrupt the conduct of meetings for example by using intrusive lighting, flash photography or asking people to repeat statements for the benefit of the recording. You may not make an oral commentary during the meeting. The Chair has the power to control public recording and/or reporting so it does not disrupt the meeting.
Meetings may be cancelled due to a lack of business or extra meetings scheduled as required.