Watch Council meetings

Full Council and Cabinet meetings can be watched online via a live webcast

All Council meetings are open to the public, who are also able to attend to observe in person (unless exempt business is due to be considered).

How to view meetings

Meeting webcasts are embedded live and for repeated viewing in the media section on the agenda page of the respective meeting. Past and forthcoming meeting details can be found through the Calendar of Meetings. Meetings may also be viewed both live and as an archive through Hampshire County Council's YouTube Channel.

Protocol for filming or recording meetings

Filming, taking photographs or recording is allowed at any meeting or decision day that is open to the public. The use of social media is also permitted.

Before the meeting

  • Contact the Communications Team in advance for advice and guidance
  • Discuss practical arrangements and any special requirements with the team
  • Unless agreed in advance, flash photography, extra lighting or large equipment is not permitted

General

  • There will be an announcement before the start of the meeting that the meeting or decision day may be filmed
  • A notice to this effect will also be posted on the door of the meeting room
  • If you stay at a meeting after this announcement we will assume that you have agreed to the broadcast of your image
  • Filming or recording must be non intrusive. Anyone continuing to interrupt proceedings after being warned will be removed. Standing Order 33 clarifies this issue. In the event of a general disturbance any part of the meeting room may be cleared

During the meeting

  • Filming or recording of meetings or decision days should not:
    • be disruptive or distracting during the meeting or decision day. The Chairman has discretion to suspended or stop recording at any time
    • try to take close ups of sensitive information like confidential papers or private notes
    • obstruct others from observing and participating in the proceedings
    • be edited in a way that could lead to misinterpretation of the proceedings or the comments made
    • be edited in a way that ridicules those being filmed
  • Filming or recording of meetings or decision days should:
    • usually take place from a specified location(s) within the room
    • stop immediately if the meeting agrees to exclude the Press and public due to business of an Exempt or Confidential nature
    • be overt (ie visible to anyone at the meeting or decision day)
    • stop when the meeting or decision day is over unless agreed with the Communications Team
  • When published or broadcast, recordings should:
    • come with details of when and where the recording was made
    • the context in which the discussion took place

Exempt or confidential business

All meetings are open to the public except in some situations where business is 'exempt' or 'confidential'. Part 3 Chapter 4 of the Constitution sets out the 'exempt' or 'confidential' circumstances.