Yesterday I wrote about the extraordinary steps taken by a local authority in Wales following what they described as “an apparent continued campaign of disruption in the interest of securing publicity”.
Today Cardiff Council contacted me in the following terms:
I can confirm that Public Council Meetings are open to all members of the public and that there is no requirement to wear a pass other than any pass that is required for the particular venue (e.g. County Hall requires visitors to wear a pass)
Their response made no mention of requirements to sign undertakings and I have pressed them for an answer on this point as it is, in my view, the concerning element of the steps taken by Carmarthenshire County Council in relation to this. One can understand the issuing of passes to visitors to differentiate between staff and visitors and that is commonplace in organisations around the world.
17:14 15/07/2011 – Cardiff Council confirm that there are no policies, procedures or standing orders requiring members of the public to sign undertakings prior to being permitted entry to watch public council meetings.