Eric Pickles says we should get a better monitoring officer …..

4 Jul

Yesterday, Eric Pickles gave a speech to the Local Government Association, the full text of which is HERE.  However, the following paragraph caught our interest (the red lining is ours):

“Transparency is not something to begrudge

….. But transparency is not something to begrudge.

The other week, we issued a practical guide to the press and public on how they can report, tweet and film council meetings.

Embracing the digital age, rather than clinging to an analogue interpretation of press access rules.

There is still residual opposition.

Monitoring officers say: “We can’t oppose letting in cameras. Our standing orders prohibit it without 3 days notice”.

So change them! …get a better monitoring officer…or just ditch the standing order.

What does it say about the self-confidence of local government that when you watch an episode of Grand Designs…

When it comes to filming the Planning Committee…the door normally remains shut.

What does it communicate about our faith in planning officers, and what does it say about the role of councillors in shaping where development should and shouldn’t go.

I want people to see the good work that councils do.

The difficult choices, the trade offs, the debate.

The best thing we can do to get more people involved in local government is open the doors.

It can show what armchair auditors are already finding out – local government has plenty to be proud of.”


One Response to “Eric Pickles says we should get a better monitoring officer …..”

  1. Medusa July 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    How come they call themselves Conservatives and then ignore a top Minister. Seems like it is pick and mix politics.

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