Attending public meetings
You are allowed to record and report on all public meetings at Thurrock Council.
Recording and reporting includes:
- audio recording
- social media updates
You don't need to get permission for recording or reporting public meetings, but we recommend you let us know at least 24 hours before the meeting if you wish to bring large equipment.
Recording and reporting are allowed only from public seating areas. Recording equipment must not be left unattended at meetings. We accept no liability for any equipment that is lost, stolen or damaged at public meetings.
Care not to disrupt meetings
Phones, tablet computers and other electronic devices must be set to 'silent' mode throughout public meetings. This includes all ringtones and web applications.
Flash photography and use of additional lighting is not allowed.
Adding real-time commentary to recordings – such as voiceovers when filming – is not allowed whilst meetings are taking place.
The chair of the meeting will ask for recording to be stopped if it is disrupting the meeting.
When recording and reporting is not allowed
There are times when matters must be discussed that, by law, are considered exempt or confidential. During these times:
- members of the press and public will be asked to leave
- no recording or reporting is allowed
Recording and reporting of private meetings is not allowed – for example, political group meetings and officer working groups. These meetings do not make formal council decisions.
Notices on committee meeting room walls state: "You are welcome to film, make sound recordings or take photos at public meetings, and to share online". Members of the public who do not wish to be filmed or photographed cannot be guaranteed that they will not be within camera shot of others.