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Police halt "farcical" Seaford town council meeting

The Argus: Police halt "farcical" Seaford town council meeting Police halt "farcical" Seaford town council meeting

Police were called to a “farcical” council meeting after a member of the public refused to stop filming proceedings.

The drama erupted at a Seaford Town Council meeting on Thursday where a planned 9% council tax rise was to be discussed.

Town hall officials told the man he would have to leave if he didn’t stop recording the meeting on his iPhone, but he refused and the police were called to eject him.

Officers arrived at the venue but refused to remove the man and, according to an eyewitness, the town clerk suggested the meeting was adjourned.

The eyewitness said: “It was proposed, seconded and voted on.

“Councillors voted to postpone the meeting and therefore waste even more taxpayers’ time and money.

“At this point we were all asked to leave by the police and hurried out of the building.”

Sam Adeniji, a Seaford town and Lewes District councillor, said the man was asked to stop filming because he was breaching council guidelines.

He said: “Councillors weren’t very happy about it because he didn’t have prior consent.

“I find it sad he was threatened to be kicked out and the police were called. It gives the impression we have something to hide. It was farcical.

“We record and broadcast meetings at the district council so I found what happened very strange.”

Sam Shippen, town clerk, said a motion to consider allowing filming in meetings would be placed into the agenda at the council’s next gathering on April 10.

She said the postponed meeting would be “reconvened at the earliest convenient date”.

The drama comes a week after Seaford mayor Anthony White resigned from his post with post-traumatic stress disorder.

His resignation came after reports of a disagreement with town council leader Ian White.

Yesterday Coun Ian White told The Argus he had “no intention” of speaking about Thursday’s meeting.

A spokesman from Sussex Police said: “There was no public disorder and no arrests were made.”

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9:47am Sat 18 Jan 14

All 9 of me says...

small town politics, always good for a laugh
small town politics, always good for a laugh All 9 of me
  • Score: 25

9:59am Sat 18 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The police should have arrested the councillors for proposing a nine percent increase in council tax.
The police should have arrested the councillors for proposing a nine percent increase in council tax. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 59

10:33am Sat 18 Jan 14

BrightonBrowser says...

Outrageous behavior by UKIP and Tory run Seaford Council, Residents should be allowed to film public meetings not ejected and possibly arrested. There are obviously things that the Seaford Council want to hide and not make public. Brighton and Hove Council are much more forward thinking, people are allowed to film or record public Council meetings.
Outrageous behavior by UKIP and Tory run Seaford Council, Residents should be allowed to film public meetings not ejected and possibly arrested. There are obviously things that the Seaford Council want to hide and not make public. Brighton and Hove Council are much more forward thinking, people are allowed to film or record public Council meetings. BrightonBrowser
  • Score: 34

11:03am Sat 18 Jan 14

sussexram40 says...

the council leader Ian White is the man who only 2 years ago was arrested and convicted of drunk driving in Seaford. its a disgrace a convicted criminal is allowed to run a council
the council leader Ian White is the man who only 2 years ago was arrested and convicted of drunk driving in Seaford. its a disgrace a convicted criminal is allowed to run a council sussexram40
  • Score: 48

11:07am Sat 18 Jan 14

clubrob6 says...

Perhaps the councillors should be fined for wasting police time.In my hometown of maryport in Cumbria labour got two BNP councillors arrested for comments in a leaflet they did not even write.Labour said a well known English phrase PAY PEANUTS GET MONKIEs was racist,the judge after thousands of public money and police time was wasted threw the case out on the first hearing.The point im making is councillors should not waste police time.Labour is now seen as corrupt in my home town.
Perhaps the councillors should be fined for wasting police time.In my hometown of maryport in Cumbria labour got two BNP councillors arrested for comments in a leaflet they did not even write.Labour said a well known English phrase PAY PEANUTS GET MONKIEs was racist,the judge after thousands of public money and police time was wasted threw the case out on the first hearing.The point im making is councillors should not waste police time.Labour is now seen as corrupt in my home town. clubrob6
  • Score: 10

11:49am Sat 18 Jan 14

MICKY389 says...

I'm afraid it was a typical reaction by self important small mind councillors. Whoever had the i-phone, good luck to them, at least the police for once in their lives got it right. As ever these local popinjays have made themselves look plonkers.
I'm afraid it was a typical reaction by self important small mind councillors. Whoever had the i-phone, good luck to them, at least the police for once in their lives got it right. As ever these local popinjays have made themselves look plonkers. MICKY389
  • Score: 36

1:36pm Sat 18 Jan 14

clarkebrighton says...

What a Bunch of idiots, Who the hell do they think they are.

They are elected by the Public, to Serve them.

Something to HIDE NO doubt
What a Bunch of idiots, Who the hell do they think they are. They are elected by the Public, to Serve them. Something to HIDE NO doubt clarkebrighton
  • Score: 23

4:58pm Sat 18 Jan 14

John Steed says...

bit rich sam adeniji making any form of comment, he should have resigned months ago but then the tory councillor appears to have no moral scruples. as to the affair leading to additional costs to the taxpayer, the likely sum involved will seem petty cash compared to the loss to the public purse caused directly by the actions of the noble tory councellor.
http://www.theargus.
co.uk/news/10811931.
Seaford_councillor_f
ined___1_for_VAT_che
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bit rich sam adeniji making any form of comment, he should have resigned months ago but then the tory councillor appears to have no moral scruples. as to the affair leading to additional costs to the taxpayer, the likely sum involved will seem petty cash compared to the loss to the public purse caused directly by the actions of the noble tory councellor. http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/10811931. Seaford_councillor_f ined___1_for_VAT_che at/ John Steed
  • Score: 2

8:12pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Mancgulled says...

is this nazi Germany then?
is this nazi Germany then? Mancgulled
  • Score: 6

9:54pm Sat 18 Jan 14

hubby says...

What is UKIP?
Is it like Santa and the tooth fairy?
What is UKIP? Is it like Santa and the tooth fairy? hubby
  • Score: 2

1:23am Sun 19 Jan 14

Roundbill says...

hubby wrote:
What is UKIP?
Is it like Santa and the tooth fairy?
More like the White Witch in the Chronicles of Narnia. Only racist.
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: What is UKIP? Is it like Santa and the tooth fairy?[/p][/quote]More like the White Witch in the Chronicles of Narnia. Only racist. Roundbill
  • Score: 4

1:24am Sun 19 Jan 14

Roundbill says...

Sorry, sorry. I meant to say "Only some people consider them to be racist".
Sorry, sorry. I meant to say "Only some people consider them to be racist". Roundbill
  • Score: 5

1:25am Sun 19 Jan 14

Roundbill says...

(because they are)
(because they are) Roundbill
  • Score: 2

7:03am Sun 19 Jan 14

Sir Prised says...

Roundbill wrote:
(because they are)
Were the millions of people who wanted independence for their countries during the 20th century racist? Surrendering a country's sovereignty without a vote should be an affront to ANYONE who supports democracy.
[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: (because they are)[/p][/quote]Were the millions of people who wanted independence for their countries during the 20th century racist? Surrendering a country's sovereignty without a vote should be an affront to ANYONE who supports democracy. Sir Prised
  • Score: 0

8:52am Sun 19 Jan 14

All 9 of me says...

Sir Prised wrote:
Roundbill wrote:
(because they are)
Were the millions of people who wanted independence for their countries during the 20th century racist? Surrendering a country's sovereignty without a vote should be an affront to ANYONE who supports democracy.
And what are UKIPs' policies on say.... Regeneration of deprived areas, or securing funding for railway network improvement ?
[quote][p][bold]Sir Prised[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: (because they are)[/p][/quote]Were the millions of people who wanted independence for their countries during the 20th century racist? Surrendering a country's sovereignty without a vote should be an affront to ANYONE who supports democracy.[/p][/quote]And what are UKIPs' policies on say.... Regeneration of deprived areas, or securing funding for railway network improvement ? All 9 of me
  • Score: 6

9:37am Sun 19 Jan 14

Cycling commuter says...

Could I ask which policies of UKIP are racist?
Could I ask which policies of UKIP are racist? Cycling commuter
  • Score: 1

10:34am Sun 19 Jan 14

Sir Prised says...

All 9 of me wrote:
Sir Prised wrote:
Roundbill wrote:
(because they are)
Were the millions of people who wanted independence for their countries during the 20th century racist? Surrendering a country's sovereignty without a vote should be an affront to ANYONE who supports democracy.
And what are UKIPs' policies on say.... Regeneration of deprived areas, or securing funding for railway network improvement ?
There is only one outstanding issue at present and that is that OUR parliament has the authority to make the kinds of decisions you are concerned about. If you want to be a member of the USE that is your right and you should be able to express it at the ballot box, not have it imposed. I simply don't believe any other party will offer that possibilty because they've prevaricated for thirty years now and personallly I've had enough.
[quote][p][bold]All 9 of me[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Prised[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: (because they are)[/p][/quote]Were the millions of people who wanted independence for their countries during the 20th century racist? Surrendering a country's sovereignty without a vote should be an affront to ANYONE who supports democracy.[/p][/quote]And what are UKIPs' policies on say.... Regeneration of deprived areas, or securing funding for railway network improvement ?[/p][/quote]There is only one outstanding issue at present and that is that OUR parliament has the authority to make the kinds of decisions you are concerned about. If you want to be a member of the USE that is your right and you should be able to express it at the ballot box, not have it imposed. I simply don't believe any other party will offer that possibilty because they've prevaricated for thirty years now and personallly I've had enough. Sir Prised
  • Score: -3

12:54pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Roundbill says...

Sir Prised wrote:
Roundbill wrote: (because they are)
Were the millions of people who wanted independence for their countries during the 20th century racist? Surrendering a country's sovereignty without a vote should be an affront to ANYONE who supports democracy.
Okay, I don't usually attempt to engage with UKIP fanboys on the subject of politics, because it is, in my experience, about as constructive as attempting to treachg a duck to play chess: however, it's ten minutes until there's anything good on the wireless so here goes.
It's not the fact that UKIP want a vote on EU membership that makes it a racist party: it's all the racist members and supporters making racist comments about race (when they're not busy being mysogynists or wibbling about God's retribution for gay marriage). If a racist makes a cup of tea, that doesn't make it a racist cup of tea: similarly, if a racist wants a referendum, that doesn't make it a racist referendum.
UKIP is a racist party, full of racists. Some (but not all) of its policies are racist. Is that simple enough?
Right, time for The World This Weekend.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Prised[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: (because they are)[/p][/quote]Were the millions of people who wanted independence for their countries during the 20th century racist? Surrendering a country's sovereignty without a vote should be an affront to ANYONE who supports democracy.[/p][/quote]Okay, I don't usually attempt to engage with UKIP fanboys on the subject of politics, because it is, in my experience, about as constructive as attempting to treachg a duck to play chess: however, it's ten minutes until there's anything good on the wireless so here goes. It's not the fact that UKIP want a vote on EU membership that makes it a racist party: it's all the racist members and supporters making racist comments about race (when they're not busy being mysogynists or wibbling about God's retribution for gay marriage). If a racist makes a cup of tea, that doesn't make it a racist cup of tea: similarly, if a racist wants a referendum, that doesn't make it a racist referendum. UKIP is a racist party, full of racists. Some (but not all) of its policies are racist. Is that simple enough? Right, time for The World This Weekend. Roundbill
  • Score: 9

2:54pm Sun 19 Jan 14

All 9 of me says...

Sir Prised wrote:
All 9 of me wrote:
Sir Prised wrote:
Roundbill wrote:
(because they are)
Were the millions of people who wanted independence for their countries during the 20th century racist? Surrendering a country's sovereignty without a vote should be an affront to ANYONE who supports democracy.
And what are UKIPs' policies on say.... Regeneration of deprived areas, or securing funding for railway network improvement ?
There is only one outstanding issue at present and that is that OUR parliament has the authority to make the kinds of decisions you are concerned about. If you want to be a member of the USE that is your right and you should be able to express it at the ballot box, not have it imposed. I simply don't believe any other party will offer that possibilty because they've prevaricated for thirty years now and personallly I've had enough.
Are you being serious ?? How on earth can you take UKIP seriously when they have chumps like these as members ?

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-oxf
ordshire-25793358
[quote][p][bold]Sir Prised[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]All 9 of me[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Prised[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: (because they are)[/p][/quote]Were the millions of people who wanted independence for their countries during the 20th century racist? Surrendering a country's sovereignty without a vote should be an affront to ANYONE who supports democracy.[/p][/quote]And what are UKIPs' policies on say.... Regeneration of deprived areas, or securing funding for railway network improvement ?[/p][/quote]There is only one outstanding issue at present and that is that OUR parliament has the authority to make the kinds of decisions you are concerned about. If you want to be a member of the USE that is your right and you should be able to express it at the ballot box, not have it imposed. I simply don't believe any other party will offer that possibilty because they've prevaricated for thirty years now and personallly I've had enough.[/p][/quote]Are you being serious ?? How on earth can you take UKIP seriously when they have chumps like these as members ? http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-oxf ordshire-25793358 All 9 of me
  • Score: 8

3:58pm Sun 19 Jan 14

sussexram40 says...

I'm fed up with a minority trying to turn every political story into a rant about the irrelevant UKIP. This is about a bloke filming a Seaford Town Council meeting.
I'm fed up with a minority trying to turn every political story into a rant about the irrelevant UKIP. This is about a bloke filming a Seaford Town Council meeting. sussexram40
  • Score: 3

1:12am Mon 20 Jan 14

emma_barnes says...

more importantly - wheres the video?
more importantly - wheres the video? emma_barnes
  • Score: 3

1:32pm Mon 20 Jan 14

BobbyVee says...

He was told that if any video was made public they would take legal action
He was told that if any video was made public they would take legal action BobbyVee
  • Score: 1

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