Dear Harrogate Borough Council,
Are your council meetings are recorded. If so, how, filmed, audio recording, full transcript, other?

( n.b. Council meetings to be defined throughout this request as all meetings of the Council, its committees, sub committees and partnerships etc where the public have the right to attend. If there are different responses for different category of meeting please provide the information for each and all types)

Are any meetings excluded and why?

Do you have a policy of holding evening / local meetings or any other measures to increase public participation?

How are the recordings of council meetings made available to the public?

How long after the meeting are recordings available?

Are recordings edited/redacted in any way If so what is your editing/redaction policy?

Are historic recordings of meetings archived and available to the public, if so how?

How long are recordings retained /kept on line?

Are recordings of meetings index referenced and or searchable, a) by subject b) by speaker?

When was recording/ broadcasting /podcasting last benchmarked and or debated by your council/ scrutiny / officers?
Could you please include copies/links to all relevant papers.

Is you recording system managed in house it by specialist consultants?

What were the initial costs in facilitating recording, what costs were involved?

What are the ongoing costs to provide the service you provide?

Do you monitor use if so, why, and how and to whom is this reported?

Yours faithfully,

Geoff Pickering

Foi, Harrogate Borough Council

Dear Mr Pickering

 

Thank you for your email which we received on 16/10/2017. We are treating
this as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. This means that —

 

o if we need more information about what you want, we will contact you
again as soon as we can; the twenty working days in which to give you
the information will start once we know exactly what you want
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done (please contact us immediately if you do not want us to do this);
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will send it to you as soon as we can.  If there is likely to be a
delay for any reason, we will let you know
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not be disclosed, we will let you know as much as we can about how we
reached our decision

 

We will respond to your request promptly, and in any event, within the 20
working day limit as set out in s10 of the Act.

 

Regards

 

Rich Kemp LLB (Hons)

(Debt & Information Law)

Legal & Governance

Harrogate Borough Council

PO Box 787

Harrogate

HG1 9RW

 

tel: 01423 500600 (ext - 58602)

email:  [1][email address]

[2]www.harrogate.gov.uk

 

 

Rich Kemp, Harrogate Borough Council

Dear Mr Pickering

 

Thank you for your email requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (‘FOIA’). Harrogate Borough Council do not record or
broadcast meetings by any of the methods you refer to. Most meetings
commence at 5.30 pm except for Planning Committee which starts at 2.00 pm.
As we do not record meetings the remainder of your request is not
applicable.

 

For information please see our [1]website to see what meeting information
is documented.

 

If you are not satisfied with the way your request has been handled,
please contact -  

 

Freedom of Information Officer, PO Box 787, Harrogate, HG1 9RW

 

or email [2][Harrogate Borough Council request email]

 

The Council has an internal appeal system.  If your complaint is about the
decision which has been made you will usually be entitled to have your
case reviewed by an officer from a department which has not been involved
in the decision previously.   

 

If, after their decision, you are still not happy, you may appeal to-  

 

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF

Tel: 0303 123 1113

website: [3]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Regards

 

Rich Kemp LLB (Hons)

(Debt & Information Law)

Legal & Governance

Harrogate Borough Council

PO Box 787

Harrogate

HG1 9RW

 

tel: 01423 500600 (ext - 58602)

email:  [4][email address]

[5]www.harrogate.gov.uk

 

 

Dear Rich Kemp,
Thank you for your response
There is one question which is applicable even if there are no recordings made.

"When was recording/ broadcasting /podcasting last benchmarked and or debated by your council/ scrutiny / officers?
Could you please include copies/links to all relevant papers."

Please could you provide this information

Yours sincerely,

Geoff Pickering

Rich Kemp, Harrogate Borough Council

Good afternoon Mr Pickering

 

Our Member Services section have confirmed that they do not hold any
information relating to consideration by officers nor has it ever been
formally debated by members.

 

Regards

 

Rich Kemp LLB (Hons)

(Debt & Information Law)

Legal & Governance

Harrogate Borough Council

PO Box 787

Harrogate

HG1 9RW

 

tel: 01423 500600 (ext - 58602)

email:  [1][email address]

[2]www.harrogate.gov.uk

 

 

Dear Rich Kemp,

Thank you all for your help

Yours sincerely,

Geoff Pickering

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