Tag Archives: Openness

Cambridgeshire County Council Not Building Their Own WhatDoTheyKnow

On Thursday the 19th of May 2011 I visited Cambridgeshire County Council’s offices with Kings Hedges councillor Andy Pellew. Cllr Pellew had heard that the council were developing their own version of mySociety’s freedom of information website, WhatDoTheyKnow.com and on asking what was going on had been offered a meeting with the relevant officers. Cllr [...]

Antidemocratic Changes Proposed to Cambridgeshire County Council Constitution

Proposed amendments to Cambridgeshire County Council’s constitution have been published today, just one day before they are to go before a meeting of the full council on the 17th of May 2011. The amendments have been put forward by Councillor Nick Clarke, who was recently elected leader of the ruling Conservative group on the council, [...]

Cambridge City Council Consultation Consultation

Cambridge City Council Consultation Consultation On April Fools Day Cambridge City Council launched a Consultation on Consultation. As it was announced at a few minutes past midday it appears not to be a joke. The proposed code of practice on consultation and community engagement contains the following statement prominently positioned at the start of the [...]

Citizen Journalist Banned from Taking Notes in Court

Belinda Brooks-Gordon, Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Castle ward in Cambridge, and feminist activist, has been acting as a citizen journalist over the last two days reporting via Twitter on the progress of a court case from Guildford Crown Court. According to a local radio station’s summary of what’s going on 28-year-old, Hannah Morris of [...]

Cambridge City Council Complaints Investigator Reports on Filming Protocol

Image from Video from Cambridge City Council North Area Committee September 2010 On Tuesday the 23rd of November 2010 I was sent a copy of a report into Cambridge City Council’s Protocol on Filming Committee meetings which has been produced by the council’s Independent Complaints Investigator Corinne Hibbert. The report was the outcome of an [...]

Cambridgeshire County Council – October 2010 Full Council

Lunch menu from the Cambridgeshire County Council meeting on the 19th of October 2010. (I did not have permission to photograph the meeting itsself) On the 19th of October 2010 my local County Councillor, Rupert Moss-Eccardt, invited me to observe a full meeting of Cambridgeshire County Council from the floor of the chamber and to [...]