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Repeal Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.

Comment 20th July 2010

Due to the manner in which some local authorities interpret the legislation Part 8 of the Act needs to be repealed in the interests of justice. Alternatively it should be central government and not the local authority or council with the responsibility to enforce the regulations. Currently some local authorities and councils are ignoring what it actually states in the body of the statute and forcing law abiding citizens to destroy kill and remove alleged hedges and conifers even where vexatious complaints have been received from others with a complant. The statute expressly forbids any remedial action that will result in the death of an alleged hedge or conifers and yet remedial notices are being used to criminalise law abiding citizens who refuse to obey the orders of a local authority or council even where this goes against what is actually required by statute. It is as if the planning departments of some local authorities and councils can act in a way that is above the law. It is for Parliament and not the local authority or council to enact statutory legislation and all MP's need to be made aware of just how some local authorities seem to be acting ultra vires and with maladministration.

Why does this matter?

It is important to prevent gross injustice and the unnecessary criminalization of law abiding citizens. It is also important to establish that it is Parliament that enacts statutes not local authorities or local councils.

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