Tory “U-turn” on recording of council meetings
Date posted: 27-07-2012
IT WAS a moment of huge historical and cultural significance: The first asian mayor of Thurrock.
But when cllr Yash Gupta and his family turned up to the mayor-making in late May, he was told that his family would not be able to video record the moment due to an objection by a Conservative councillor.
YT was also informed that despite recording mayor making since 2008, that an objection by Fobbing councillor, Mark Coxshall meant that the historic moment would be restricted to still photographs only.
So it was with some surprise to council leader, John Kent, that the Conservative group proposed a motion to the full council for the recording of all meetings within the building.
Cllr Kent said: “I welcome this motion and am glad that cllr James Halden came to me to iron out some of the details of the motion.
“I have to say that I was surprised as it appeared that his party prevented the filming of the recent mayor making.”
Tory leader, cllr Phil Anderson told the chamber: “I have no knowledge of this and will look into it.”
The motion was passed.