• Standards cttee to debate public speaking restriction - again

    14th January 2014 | News | Claire
  • The public speaking agenda item and been to and from standards committee, who have had careful discussions on the way forward and agreed a sensible set of rules that don’t disadvantage anyone.

    Then, controversially and unexpectedly last month, EDDC’s cabinet proposed a new and significant restriction, which would mean that any member of the public wishing to ask a question or make a point about an issue not on the agenda of any committee meeting, will have to give their question in writing two days in advance.

    The standards committee had previously agreed proposals on giving questions in writing in advance, but qualified the proposal with “where possible”, which allowed flexibility. 

    Myself and Cllr Roger Giles attended this cabinet meeting and spoke against the proposed restriction.  Here’s the blog post of that cabinet meeting – http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/cabinet_rubber-stamps_public_speaking_restriction/

    At the end of this cabinet debate, a senior officer said that the recommendation would have to be considered by the standards committee, which takes place on Tuesday 21 January, starting at 10am.

    Here’s the agenda, which includes a number of other interesting matters.