Eric Pickles backs our call to tweet from council meetings

Eric Pickles
Eric Pickles

The Minister of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles has tweeted us, backing our request to tweet live updates and film at town council meetings.

Only Market Deeping Town Council has said it is okay for our reporters to tweet with the remaining town councils in our area - Stamford, Bourne, Oakham and Uppingham - refusing to allow reporters and members of the public to tweet live updates.

A report by Mr Pickles said councils should allow social media reporting of meetings and on Friday last week our photographer Jonathan Smith contacted Mr Pickles directly on Twitter, asking if his recommendation about tweeting and filming at council meetings referred to principal councils or down to parish ones?

Eric Pickles replied “@Mercury_JSmith just open up the lot to cameras. Councils should not wait to be forced to open up their meetings they should get on with it.”

Editor Eileen Green is writing to the town councils in our area which refuse tweeting to ask them to reconsider their position.

Lincolnshire and Rutland County Councils and South Kesteven District Council and Market Deeping Town Council do allow tweets.

On Wednesday, reporter Aaron Frank asked if he could tweet from a public inquiry at the Rutland County Council offices, being held into major changes to a house in Burley.

Planning inspector Jean Russell responded: “If you can get anything that is said into less than 140 characters, you are welcome to.”