Prohibit Councils From Applying Blanket Alchol Bans

The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 allows councils to designate areas in which drinking alcohol in public is not a crime, but in which an offence is committed by refusing to cease drinking or refusing to surrender alcohol if requested by a police officer.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2001/ukpga_20010016_en_2#pt1-ch2-pb1-l1g12

However, several councils have abused this by labelling their entire territories as 'designated areas'.

The Act should be amended to ensure only legitimate hotspots are covered and that councils are limited both in the nature and size of the areas they can 'designate'.

In addition, the Act should be reviewed with a view to safeguarding civil liberties.

Why is this idea important?

The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 allows councils to designate areas in which drinking alcohol in public is not a crime, but in which an offence is committed by refusing to cease drinking or refusing to surrender alcohol if requested by a police officer.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2001/ukpga_20010016_en_2#pt1-ch2-pb1-l1g12

However, several councils have abused this by labelling their entire territories as 'designated areas'.

The Act should be amended to ensure only legitimate hotspots are covered and that councils are limited both in the nature and size of the areas they can 'designate'.

In addition, the Act should be reviewed with a view to safeguarding civil liberties.

Repeal the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009

This is another draconian piece of legislation, pushing a 4 metre wide "access corridor" round the coast, through whatever stands in its way.

This is about 13 feet, almost a two-lane road.

Most of us would support a coastal footpath, and this could probably have been achieved by negotiation and/or the threat of compulsory purchase.

This act, however, offers no compensation to those whose properties and/or businesses have been affected.

Why is this idea important?

This is another draconian piece of legislation, pushing a 4 metre wide "access corridor" round the coast, through whatever stands in its way.

This is about 13 feet, almost a two-lane road.

Most of us would support a coastal footpath, and this could probably have been achieved by negotiation and/or the threat of compulsory purchase.

This act, however, offers no compensation to those whose properties and/or businesses have been affected.

amend the laws surrounding confiscation orders to protect children

The current laws surrounding Confiscation Orders allow the Crown to take all the assets of convicted criminals (and as I understand it, even those who have been acQuitted) without any regard for the needs of any dependent children.

This should be stopped and these laws should be made to take into account the housing reQUirements of any dependent children, who suffer enough when their fathers (or less usually, mothers) are convicted and imprisoned.

The linking of assets seized with the size of the bonus individual policemen receive should also be stopped, as this is just plain wrong.  Policemen should not be rewarded fiscally above and beyond their salary according to how much money they manage to claw back from defendants.  The bonus culture within Banking created enormous problems and this system of remuneration is not something that should be replicated within a Public Service like the Police Force.

Why is this idea important?

The current laws surrounding Confiscation Orders allow the Crown to take all the assets of convicted criminals (and as I understand it, even those who have been acQuitted) without any regard for the needs of any dependent children.

This should be stopped and these laws should be made to take into account the housing reQUirements of any dependent children, who suffer enough when their fathers (or less usually, mothers) are convicted and imprisoned.

The linking of assets seized with the size of the bonus individual policemen receive should also be stopped, as this is just plain wrong.  Policemen should not be rewarded fiscally above and beyond their salary according to how much money they manage to claw back from defendants.  The bonus culture within Banking created enormous problems and this system of remuneration is not something that should be replicated within a Public Service like the Police Force.