The coalition government has been pushing for greater transparency of Council decisions and spending as part of their Localism Bill. So I wasn’t that surprised to read Nick Booth‘s post about a recent press release from Eric Pickles.

Pickles has told Councils that they should be allowing hyerplocal bloggers to record public meetings. I’ve heard anecdotes that some Councils refuse to acknowledge hyperlocal bloggers or allow them the same access and rights as local media. So it will be very interesting to see how this latest advice from Pickles is taken on board.

I have been really impressed with the way Richard Taylor (unquestionably Cambridge’s most dedicated hyperlocal blogger) has been covering public meetings. Richard has provided an entertaining yet thorough running commentary of recent Council meetings, enabling those of us who are unable to attend to follow proceedings online, or catch up afterwards.

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