P-05-903 Filming and Recording of Council Meetings



P-05-903 Filming and Recording of Council Meetings

This petition was submitted by Cllr Russell Spencer-Downe having collected a total of 58 signatures.


Text of Petition             

We call upon the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to follow the law In England that enshrines in law the right of residents, bloggers and journalists to report, blog, tweet and film council meetings to ensure openness and transparency. This has not happened in Wales and should be brought in, to allow the same in Wales.


This requirement should allow members of the public, as responsible observers, to record or film such meetings without the need for prior permission and to re-use the material freely to provide a direct and wider line of communication to the electorate.


England brought in this law that gave these rights in 2014 and Wales should be given the same rights.


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This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 09/02/2021.


The Committee noted that communications guidance for community and town councils has now been published and that this outlines the statutory requirements and good practice advice. In light of this, and the limited time remaining in this Senedd term, the Committee agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.


Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 01/10/2019.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • South Wales Central


Further information


Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 10/09/2019