Manifesto Club newsletter – Busybodies’ Charter – A Three-Year Review

27 September 2017 — Manifesto Club

Three-year review of PSPOs; Richmond’s ban on picking up pebbles; A campaigner’s guide to LGA guidance; Privacy of the home under threat, and more…

REPORT: ‘BUSYBODIES’ CHARTER’ – A THREE-YEAR REVIEW

A new Manifesto Club report gives a scary account of three years of Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) powers. We found that 189 new PSPOs have been passed in the past 16 months, meaning that nearly half of all UK authorities now have an order in place. These include: Sunderland’s ban on ‘bin raking’; Southampton’s ban on ‘loitering for the purpose of begging’; Bassetlaw’s ban on under-16s standing in groups of 3 or more; and Rushcliffe’s ban on sleeping in the open air. See the report here. The report was covered in media including The Times, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Press Association, Metro, and local media. See full media here. CAMPAIGNING LATEST:

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Manifesto Club: The first national survey of PSPOs; vetting for school governors and supporting actors; and more…

24 March 2016 — Manifesto Club

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) – THE FIRST NATIONAL SURVEY: WORSE THAN EXPECTED

We have published the first national survey into the use of PSPO powers[1], which finds that councils have created hundreds of bizarre new criminal offences over the past year.

This includes the crime of standing in a pair in Hillingdon, or in a group of three or more under-16s in Bassetlaw; crimes of selling lucky charms in Blackpool or staying for too long in a toilet in Oxford.

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UK: BRIEFING DOCUMENT – COUNCILS CRIMINALISING YOUTH ACTIVITIES

2 October 2015 —Manifesto Club

BRIEFING DOCUMENT – COUNCILS CRIMINALISING YOUTH ACTIVITIES

 
Online briefing: Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) – which give councils powers to ban activities which have a ‘detrimental effect’ on the ‘quality of life’ – are increasingly being used to target youth activities such as skateboarding, swimming, or even just gathering in groups.

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The End of Public Space: One Law to Ban Them All By Josie Appleton

20 January 2014 — Architectural Review

A bill currently passing through the UK parliament will mean the death-knell of the principle of a public space. When the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill becomes law in a few weeks, we can say that there is no longer such a thing as public space proper in Britain. Continue reading

NEW ASBO LAWS POSE GRAVE THREAT TO PUBLIC FREEDOM

30 June 2013 — Banned in London

The Manifesto Club’s Banned in London map showed the worrying extent of public space regulation, with hundreds of banned zones within which ordinary rights are suspended.

The new anti-social behaviour legislation announced in the Queen’s speech makes all this look very mild. Every draconian power has been replaced with something far worse.

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