"I should have mentioned that there are now new filming regulations which allow attendees to film the proceedings of public meetings. Would you (or XXXX) have any objection to being filmed? If so, the Chairman will ask attendees not to film you/ other rep. when you speak."
This seems a little overly proactive of the Council to suggest to prospective speakers at a public meeting tin advance that they may opt out and that this will be flagged to the Chairman, who in turn would ask members of the public not to film them.
On what basis would the Chairman ask members of the public not to film under these new regulations?
The guidance issued by the Government in June stated:
"Are there other limits that I should be aware of?
The council or local government body should consider adopting a policy on the filming of members of the public, such as allowing those who actively object to being filmed not to be filmed, without undermining the broader transparency of the meeting."
This seems very different from an officer corresponding with a member of the public in advance of the public meeting and without communicating any detail on the regulations.
My view is that Council meetings are public meetings and speaking at them is public speaking. Similar to how photographers have a right to photograph us in the street.
And here is a Council meeting filmed by a member of the public regarding the Pleasurama development in Ramsgate on September 11th.