The use of anti terrorism laws by local councils to snoop on citizens with regard to such trivial matters as supposed contraventions of waste regulations should be prevented immediately. This law was never intended for this purpose and has been totally abused by money- grabbing councils trying to control trivial misdemeanours ( in their eyes ) often resulting in financial penalties far beyond their importance and considerably greater than penalties imposed for more serios, and real crimes. Councils have gone far beyond their areas of influence and should be ashamed of their actions.
Why does this idea matter?
Public confidence in councils will be reduced and the inclination of communities to respect and help the local democratic process will be irreparably damaged if this sort of activity is permitted to continue.