Councils across the country are abusing powers aimed at preventing anti-social behaviours, using them against people ranging from dog walkers to buskers, campaigners have warned Home Office minister Lord Ahmad.
So, are dog-walkers (who don’t pick up after their pooches) and buskers (who create a noise nuisance) aren’t anti-social?
In the latest of a series of controversies, it emerged last week that under a PSPO by Havering Council, London, parents could be fined if deemed to be parking dangerously while dropping off their children at school.
Good! It’s about time!
“Local authorities are throwing these things around like confetti,” Liberal Democrat peer Lord Clement-Jones told The Independent.
He has written a letter to Lord Ahmad, which is signed by seven organisations including Liberty, the Kennel Club, and the Musician’s Union.
And they can all go and find examples of people affected by these powers who aren’t creating an anti-social nuisance, or shut up.
The Government’s guidance says that the orders should not be used to ban reasonable activities.
And is there any evidence that they have been used for this purpose? Because it’s not shown in this article. Far from it.