Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act. My request concerns the Greater Cambridge Partnership's statutory transparency obligations and the extent, if any, to which they are understood by your employees and agents.
It is difficult for members of the public who live in or own propert in and around Cambridge to attend all the relevant meetings run by the GCP. Some of us therefore benefit greatly from attendance at these meetings by fellow citizens. It is my understanding that the GCP is wholly funded by governmental bodies, but that it is not itself an elected local government such as a district council. UK local government bodies, broadly construed, are subject to various transparency obligations such as the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, and related and successor legislation and pursuant regulations such as the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014.
I have direct personal experience of council employees wilfully misrepresenting the law on similar matters concerning filming, and an impression that my experience is not unique or unusual.
At a recent GCP-organised meeting open to the public (details on your website at https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/tran...), a member of the public was told that he was not allowed to film matters. The individual who stated this attributed the decision to a line manager whom he refused to identify, and was later overruled. One of your colleagues has issued a *partial* apology online via Twitter. The incident itself is also documented in various videos available via Twitter and doubtless elsewhere:
In the video, representatives of the GCP appear to call the member of the public a "stupid berk" and accuse him of "harrassment".
My questions are:
* may I please have a copy of the GCP's own rules about public access to and filming of its various meetings?
* were the rules currently in force correctly applied by all the staff in the first, shorter video?
* what training do staff receive in relation to these rules?
* to the extent that the allegation of harrassment was true, what enforcement activity is being undertaken, and to the extent that in the alternative it is not true, what disciplinary measures, if any, are being pursued against the staffer who made it?
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Dear Martin Keegan
Re: Freedom of Information Request ref 1240887.
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