Sorry, Campaigners, But You Lose This One On Points…

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.

7 comments for “Sorry, Campaigners, But You Lose This One On Points…

  1. Errol
    February 19, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Personally I don’t like buskers. Dog walkers who leave dog poo behind are obnoxious, but it’s still just poo. At the moment my dog goes in a cat tray as he is getting old and goes a lot during the night.

    While I don’t disagree with the article, councils *are* abusing their powers. Like any giant state machine when law eists they will abuse it to achieve their own ends as it suits to apply ever more control over the populace.

    • February 21, 2016 at 6:10 am

      “..but it’s still just poo…”

      Potentially disease-carrying poo…

  2. Budvar
    February 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Sorry Joolz, but I don’t like so many things people do or say it’s untrue, but that said, some jobsworth with a power complex dishing out fines can go and get fucked as far as I’m concerned. They have no more “Authority” than you or I do to demand anything. As you’ve pointed out at length before, these people pick on easy victims, (You know some kid in a pushchair drops a bit of pastry off his sausage roll or a woman with kids feeding the ducks will be charged with littering) but Stabby McChav can get away with being as obnoxious as he likes, and can fly tip with impunity.. We have a system of law here built up over a thousand years. We have a right to question our accuser for a reason, and right to a jury of our peers. All these jobsworths are trying to do is force you into a contract. Say a firm no to them and they are powerless.

    • February 21, 2016 at 6:11 am

      They do indeed pick on easy victims, but that’s a bug, not a feature.

  3. February 20, 2016 at 12:49 am

    The more that such jobsworthies assume responsibility for managing the behaviours of others, the less responsibility those others will assume for themselves.

    No-one likes anti-social behaviour, but dragging almost anything which even slightly annoys someone else into the Asbo claws is nonsensical. Councils have no remit from ratepayers to introduce or enforce such ‘laws’, but having established a ‘position’ and set up an office, the jobsworthies set about justifying their role and making it a mini-empire.

    • February 21, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Well, I’d rather we had the power to resolve this ourselves, but the mortuaries might get a bit crowded… 😉

  4. Bunny
    February 20, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Surely these are things which are already in the sphere of the councils to act upon? Such as dangerous parking, they employ traffic wardens and don’t need anymore powers just to use the ones they have.

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