Transparency at the Parish Council
Delegated Decisions at Icklesham Parish Council
The paid officers of Icklesham Parish Council have delegated authority to carry out the functions of the Council. All matters concerning the day to day running of the Council will be delegated to the officers unless otherwise stated. The officers may make decisions on any maintenance and urgent matters, such as health and safety issues, without prior permission of the Council in line with the Standing Orders. Only delegated decisions taken by officers that have a material financial impact on the Council need to be recorded here.
Requirements on the recording and filming of Icklesham Parish Council and Committee Meetings
The right to record, film and to broadcast meetings of the council, committees and sub-committees is established following the Local Government Audit and Accountability Act 2014. This is in addition to the rights of the press and public to attend such meetings.
Meetings or parts of meetings from which the press and public are excluded may not be filmed or recorded.
Members of the public are permitted to film or record meetings to which they are permitted access in a non-disruptive manner.
The use of digital and social media recording tools, for example Twitter, blogging or audio recording be allowed as long as it is carried out in a non-disruptive way and only to the extent that it does not interfere with any person’s ability, even where he or she has a disability, to follow the debate.
While those attending meetings are deemed to have consented to the filming, recording or broadcasting of meetings, those exercising the rights to film, record and broadcast must respect the rights of other people attending under the Data Protection Act 1998.
The Chairman of the meeting has the authority to stop a meeting and take appropriate action if any person contravenes these principles or is deemed to be recording in a disruptive manner.
Any person or organisation choosing to film, record or broadcast any meeting of the Council or a committee is responsible for any claims or other liability from them so doing.
Icklesham Parish Council asks those recording proceedings not to edit the film or recording in a way that could lead to misinterpretation of the proceedings, or infringe the core values of the Council. This includes refraining from editing an image or views expressed in a way that may ridicule, or show lack of respect towards those being filmed or recorded.
The Council will display these requirements as to filming, recording and broadcasting at its meeting venues and those undertaking these activities will be deemed to have accepted them whether they have read them or not.
Icklesham Parish Council may photograph, film, record or broadcast meetings and can retain, use or dispose of such material in accordance with its retention and disposal policies.