Tweeting at council meetings

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Tweeting, blogging and filming could soon be allowed during official council meetings in South Ribble.

A member of the public asked councillors at last week’s full council meeting if using social media during meetings would ever be permitted.

At the moment, all mobile phones have to be switched off because they interfere with the PA microphone system.

Now though, it has been announced that a new system is in the pipeline, and that it could lead to changes in the rules over using Twitter, Facebook, blogs and cameras during meetings at the Civic Centre in Leyland.

Coun Phil Hamman, the cabinet member for shared services and corporate support, said: “We are currently looking at getting a new PA system to allow people to use mobile phones during meetings, so people would then also be able to tweet and blog, as long as the constitution allows it.

“In terms of filming, that would be up to the mayor, and I’m sure Coun Dorothy Gardner will seek advice about that for the future.”

There is currently no mention of mobile phone or internet use during meetings in South Ribble Council’s constitution.