COUNCILLORS have delayed a decision on introducing a new media policy that could gag elected representatives from speaking to the media.
Witney Town Council’s new communications and media working party met in private on Monday to discuss the Department for Communities and Local Government’s guide to ‘Open and accountable local government’.
In the special meeting of the policy and finance committee held in public afterwards, Councillor David Harvey said the working party “welcomed” the new legislation.
But he said it will wait for further information from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) before it outlines its new media policy.
The council unveiled a draft media policy in April, which was modelled on NALC guidelines and said councillors would need to seek “prior written consent” from the town clerk before speaking or writing to the media.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
Our top stories
9:00am Monday 26th January 2015
CITY council tenants’ satisfaction with their homes has plummeted over the past year.
1:59pm Monday 26th January 2015
ONE lane of the London Road, Headington, has been closed after a manhole collapsed.
8:30am Monday 26th January 2015
AN INTREPID missing cat has been found in Bicester, 200 miles from its home.
8:00am Monday 26th January 2015
MORE than 12,000 people turned out for the official opening of the £9m Leys Pools and Leisure Centre at the weekend when fees were waived.
7:00am Monday 26th January 2015
SCHOOLS in Oxfordshire are set to lose out on nearly £450,000 in extra funding.
6:30am Monday 26th January 2015
MORE hospital assessment units look set to be set up to take pressure off struggling A&E departments.