Fisheries Protection

The Angling is very much forgotten and overlooked, there is mass predation of inland water fish stocks by vermin such as otters and cormorants. There we suggest giving the inland, (canal, river, lake or still water) fisheries owners or managers the right to protect there business by allowing them to humanely destroy these nuicance vermin who decimate stocks and threatens business's, sport, social meetings and more that happen at there premises. We propose that this should be done right away to protect the future of Angling, which is at least one sport where our teams and players get gold yearly.

Fishery owners and managers regularly make massive undertakings to ensure wildlife habbitat is protected and encouraged. If fisheries become to much infested by these vermin then they risk going out of business, thus allowing the habitats to desist.

Why is this idea important?

The Angling is very much forgotten and overlooked, there is mass predation of inland water fish stocks by vermin such as otters and cormorants. There we suggest giving the inland, (canal, river, lake or still water) fisheries owners or managers the right to protect there business by allowing them to humanely destroy these nuicance vermin who decimate stocks and threatens business's, sport, social meetings and more that happen at there premises. We propose that this should be done right away to protect the future of Angling, which is at least one sport where our teams and players get gold yearly.

Fishery owners and managers regularly make massive undertakings to ensure wildlife habbitat is protected and encouraged. If fisheries become to much infested by these vermin then they risk going out of business, thus allowing the habitats to desist.

Abolish burdens on volunteer drivers to sports events

The Welsh Sports Association believes that Government should abolish the requirement under the Local Transport Act 2008 that volunteers driving children to an event even in a small car require a  Section 19 Permit from the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA)if they are taking contributions from the passengers towards the cost of fuel. This is a totally unnecessary bureaucratic burden

Why is this idea important?

The Welsh Sports Association believes that Government should abolish the requirement under the Local Transport Act 2008 that volunteers driving children to an event even in a small car require a  Section 19 Permit from the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA)if they are taking contributions from the passengers towards the cost of fuel. This is a totally unnecessary bureaucratic burden

Ensure review of ISA removes unreasonable burdens

The Welsh Sports Association believes that the current review of the Idependent Safeguarding Authority must ensure that there are no unreasonable burdens on volunteers to prove themselves safe. The previous regulations implied all volunteers were potential threats by default. This is socially divisive and damaging to the whole concept of volunteering.  In particular it is essential that volunteers are fully protected from malicious or unproven allegations. The protections afforded by the current Act are wholly inadequate and lack any element of natural justice. Thousands of volunteers would be otherwise dissuaded from being involved

Why is this idea important?

The Welsh Sports Association believes that the current review of the Idependent Safeguarding Authority must ensure that there are no unreasonable burdens on volunteers to prove themselves safe. The previous regulations implied all volunteers were potential threats by default. This is socially divisive and damaging to the whole concept of volunteering.  In particular it is essential that volunteers are fully protected from malicious or unproven allegations. The protections afforded by the current Act are wholly inadequate and lack any element of natural justice. Thousands of volunteers would be otherwise dissuaded from being involved

Restore playing fields for schools

A host of problems may be solved by resoring playing fields for schools.

– children need open green space not only for regular games lessons but also for the simple pleasure of having free time in a green space

– after school hours and on weekends these areas should be used for after school competitive games. This will teach children team spirit and co-working and it will keep them off the streets

– health and safety rules must be trimmed so that after school games clubs can be conducted in a sufficiently safe manner. If necessary parents and children could be required to sign forms stating that injuries in the course of playing in the fields will be considered normal and will not be open to legal redress. Those parents and children who wish to remain totally 'safe' and who do not sign this document will not have access to the playing fields

– this idea could be linked up to the Olympic legacy for the UK

Why is this idea important?

A host of problems may be solved by resoring playing fields for schools.

– children need open green space not only for regular games lessons but also for the simple pleasure of having free time in a green space

– after school hours and on weekends these areas should be used for after school competitive games. This will teach children team spirit and co-working and it will keep them off the streets

– health and safety rules must be trimmed so that after school games clubs can be conducted in a sufficiently safe manner. If necessary parents and children could be required to sign forms stating that injuries in the course of playing in the fields will be considered normal and will not be open to legal redress. Those parents and children who wish to remain totally 'safe' and who do not sign this document will not have access to the playing fields

– this idea could be linked up to the Olympic legacy for the UK

2012 Olympic Laws

Don't let the International Olympic Committee's pressure to create laws that outlaw the community in East London from benefitting financially from the Olympic Games. We saw at the recent World Cup that local people were not allowed to use any word in their marketing that associated their product with the tournament. This was grossly unfair and it would be a great shame if London followed suit during the Olympics. There are already reports surfacing that suggest that laws will be brought in to stop so called ambush marketing. We must make sure that these laws do not penalise local business around the Olympic park or across London.

Why is this idea important?

Don't let the International Olympic Committee's pressure to create laws that outlaw the community in East London from benefitting financially from the Olympic Games. We saw at the recent World Cup that local people were not allowed to use any word in their marketing that associated their product with the tournament. This was grossly unfair and it would be a great shame if London followed suit during the Olympics. There are already reports surfacing that suggest that laws will be brought in to stop so called ambush marketing. We must make sure that these laws do not penalise local business around the Olympic park or across London.

No Ball Games

This is a major annoyance of mine. remove the signs that say no ball games from public areas such as parks and other grassy areas. The same people that whinged about almost getting hit by a football etc are the same people that moan about the "youth of today."

I have long been aware that kids these days have nothing to do of an evening. Certainly nothing that is cheap or free.

If you don't want kids standing on street corners drinking then give them access to other things. Blocking off all areas from free sports such as football is stupid. To those that cry "whewn I was young we went bowling or to the cinema" should actually find out how much it costs these days to go to either of these. 1 film that lasts 90minutes (evening matines no longer exist) costs about £5 on average, that's £35 pounds a week, not the old 2 shilling. Bowling is even more expensive, a 10-20minute game costs £5. The simple truth is that comparatively it is far more expensive than it ever was. Alcohol is the cheapest form of entertainment for youth as it stands and those that moan have no-one to blame but themselves.

If you traverse an area where kids are playing football and you get hit by a ball think yourself lucky its not a bottle or firework rather than claiming assault by feral youths. let the kids of today enjoy the very freedoms you enjoyed rather than being total hypocrites.

Why is this idea important?

This is a major annoyance of mine. remove the signs that say no ball games from public areas such as parks and other grassy areas. The same people that whinged about almost getting hit by a football etc are the same people that moan about the "youth of today."

I have long been aware that kids these days have nothing to do of an evening. Certainly nothing that is cheap or free.

If you don't want kids standing on street corners drinking then give them access to other things. Blocking off all areas from free sports such as football is stupid. To those that cry "whewn I was young we went bowling or to the cinema" should actually find out how much it costs these days to go to either of these. 1 film that lasts 90minutes (evening matines no longer exist) costs about £5 on average, that's £35 pounds a week, not the old 2 shilling. Bowling is even more expensive, a 10-20minute game costs £5. The simple truth is that comparatively it is far more expensive than it ever was. Alcohol is the cheapest form of entertainment for youth as it stands and those that moan have no-one to blame but themselves.

If you traverse an area where kids are playing football and you get hit by a ball think yourself lucky its not a bottle or firework rather than claiming assault by feral youths. let the kids of today enjoy the very freedoms you enjoyed rather than being total hypocrites.

Allow drinking on the football terraces

Drinking alcohol is sight of the playing area at professional football matches has been banned by law since 1985. The same activity is perfectly lawful at all other sporting events. If you're a fan of rugby league or rugby union – no problem. Likewise cricket, American Football, speedway, horse racing. Even tiddlywinks as far as we know.

Why should the law abiding majority of football fans be singled out?

Why is this idea important?

Drinking alcohol is sight of the playing area at professional football matches has been banned by law since 1985. The same activity is perfectly lawful at all other sporting events. If you're a fan of rugby league or rugby union – no problem. Likewise cricket, American Football, speedway, horse racing. Even tiddlywinks as far as we know.

Why should the law abiding majority of football fans be singled out?

National Sporting and Cultural Events

It should no longer be possible for a private company, which may be owned and operated by foreign nationals, to restrict the inalienable right of British people to view National Sporting and Cultural Events and Free to Air Television.

 

Why is this idea important?

It should no longer be possible for a private company, which may be owned and operated by foreign nationals, to restrict the inalienable right of British people to view National Sporting and Cultural Events and Free to Air Television.

 

Review Mandatory Firearms sentences

As a competitive target shooter and club secretary, I am really worried about mandatory sentences for firearms offences.  It would be all to easy to commit a simple offence – like accidentally dropping a round of ammunition in my gun-bag and therefore not locking it away properly, or picking up a box of ammunition left on the range by another shooter (if you are not permitted to hold that calibre of ammunition, then that too is an offence, even though it's the sensible thing to do). Other 'offences' could include being passed ammunition and/or gun spares by the widow of a deceased member (again, if you are not entitled to hold that calibre of ammunition it is an offence, and the gun spares could include components that nowadays would have to be entered on a Firearms Certificate, but years ago did not). There are a great many other examples, but I think the above is sufficient to illustrate the point.

Any of these currently require a mandatory 5-year jail sentence, which is horribly punitive and as a bona-fide target shooter (and no threat to law and order) is utterly unreasonable.

Regards – Richard Knight.

Don't get me started on Tony Blair taking "Guns off the Streets" – a campaign that decimated my sport with no affect whatsoever on illegal users of firearms.  

Why is this idea important?

As a competitive target shooter and club secretary, I am really worried about mandatory sentences for firearms offences.  It would be all to easy to commit a simple offence – like accidentally dropping a round of ammunition in my gun-bag and therefore not locking it away properly, or picking up a box of ammunition left on the range by another shooter (if you are not permitted to hold that calibre of ammunition, then that too is an offence, even though it's the sensible thing to do). Other 'offences' could include being passed ammunition and/or gun spares by the widow of a deceased member (again, if you are not entitled to hold that calibre of ammunition it is an offence, and the gun spares could include components that nowadays would have to be entered on a Firearms Certificate, but years ago did not). There are a great many other examples, but I think the above is sufficient to illustrate the point.

Any of these currently require a mandatory 5-year jail sentence, which is horribly punitive and as a bona-fide target shooter (and no threat to law and order) is utterly unreasonable.

Regards – Richard Knight.

Don't get me started on Tony Blair taking "Guns off the Streets" – a campaign that decimated my sport with no affect whatsoever on illegal users of firearms.  

Repeal the Hunting Act

The main reason it is necessary to repeal the Hunting Act is because it is detrimental to the welfare of the fox. Foxes must be controlled and it is my belief that hunting with hounds is the most humane and effective way of doing this.

Why is this idea important?

The main reason it is necessary to repeal the Hunting Act is because it is detrimental to the welfare of the fox. Foxes must be controlled and it is my belief that hunting with hounds is the most humane and effective way of doing this.

Swimming in natural inland waters

People should have the right to swim in inland natural waters such as rivers and lakes. As they do in Scotland. Local councils should not be allowed to create and enforce swimming bans except in situations where there is a pressing need to do so.

Particularly in lakes and rivers on public land, people should be allowed to make their own decisions as to whether they wish to swim in them, at their own risk.

Why is this idea important?

People should have the right to swim in inland natural waters such as rivers and lakes. As they do in Scotland. Local councils should not be allowed to create and enforce swimming bans except in situations where there is a pressing need to do so.

Particularly in lakes and rivers on public land, people should be allowed to make their own decisions as to whether they wish to swim in them, at their own risk.

Repeal Of The Foxhunting Ban

Repeal this ban that is necessary for the control of foxes throughout England ,Scotland and Wales.Not only is it necessary to bring back foxhunting but also to restore it back to an integral part of our heritage.

Restoring this will bring back a wrongly banned sport which was only banned because of the class inferiority that labour felt it had and had nothing to do with animal welfare.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal this ban that is necessary for the control of foxes throughout England ,Scotland and Wales.Not only is it necessary to bring back foxhunting but also to restore it back to an integral part of our heritage.

Restoring this will bring back a wrongly banned sport which was only banned because of the class inferiority that labour felt it had and had nothing to do with animal welfare.

Repeal Diving at Work Regulations 1997 for Recreational Training

The Diving at Work Regulations 1997 regulations apply to all scuba diving for training in the UK. This includes both commercial and volunteer training. These regulations have been applied despite adequate self regulation by scuba diving training agencies (e.g. PADI, BSAC, etc). These regulations introduce unnecessary paperwork and effort, including:

  • Yearly medical checks for instructors
  • HSE risk assessments (including non-commercial instructors)
  • Redundancy of safety equipment – every group having their own emergency oxygen, when it could be provided at a central point at established diving locations
  • Unnecessary staffing requirements – this should be dictated by local conditions not blanket rules


These rules should be relaxed, eliminated or replaced by rules that are specifically designed for the wide range of conditions encountered in UK scuba diving training.

These regulations might be usefully retained for scuba diving involving police work, engineering work, etc. I am focusing on recreational diving training here.

Why is this idea important?

The Diving at Work Regulations 1997 regulations apply to all scuba diving for training in the UK. This includes both commercial and volunteer training. These regulations have been applied despite adequate self regulation by scuba diving training agencies (e.g. PADI, BSAC, etc). These regulations introduce unnecessary paperwork and effort, including:

  • Yearly medical checks for instructors
  • HSE risk assessments (including non-commercial instructors)
  • Redundancy of safety equipment – every group having their own emergency oxygen, when it could be provided at a central point at established diving locations
  • Unnecessary staffing requirements – this should be dictated by local conditions not blanket rules


These rules should be relaxed, eliminated or replaced by rules that are specifically designed for the wide range of conditions encountered in UK scuba diving training.

These regulations might be usefully retained for scuba diving involving police work, engineering work, etc. I am focusing on recreational diving training here.

Amend London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006

Remove the offence of using words such as "London"; "Olympics" etc etc as stated in the existing act by companies trying to exist in London of who use the word "olympics"

 

This appears to have been a "sop" by the previous administration to curry favour with the IOC, and win the right to host the games.  The current World Cup and its similar restrictions is a case in point

Why is this idea important?

Remove the offence of using words such as "London"; "Olympics" etc etc as stated in the existing act by companies trying to exist in London of who use the word "olympics"

 

This appears to have been a "sop" by the previous administration to curry favour with the IOC, and win the right to host the games.  The current World Cup and its similar restrictions is a case in point

Withdraw the ban on Olympic target pistol shooting.

Tony Blair used this ban to gain publicity at the start of his first government.  All it did was to make it de-rigueur for every criminal to want access to a handgun and to stop all law abiding citizens who had safely and happily followed an international sport from continuing with their often lifelong hobby of target pistol shooting.  Armed crime figures went through the roof as a result meaning that everyone was in more danger not less.  The only losers in all this were the honest reponsible private gun owners and the businesses that supplied them.

Restore the pre-ban status quo. 

Meddling around the edges with special squads and other hair-brained ideas just creates an even messier situation and does nothing for the competitive sport.  Anything is dangerous in the wrong hands.  Demonising inanimate objects is for the imbeciles in our society. 

Why is this idea important?

Tony Blair used this ban to gain publicity at the start of his first government.  All it did was to make it de-rigueur for every criminal to want access to a handgun and to stop all law abiding citizens who had safely and happily followed an international sport from continuing with their often lifelong hobby of target pistol shooting.  Armed crime figures went through the roof as a result meaning that everyone was in more danger not less.  The only losers in all this were the honest reponsible private gun owners and the businesses that supplied them.

Restore the pre-ban status quo. 

Meddling around the edges with special squads and other hair-brained ideas just creates an even messier situation and does nothing for the competitive sport.  Anything is dangerous in the wrong hands.  Demonising inanimate objects is for the imbeciles in our society. 

Widening Sports and Activities in Schools

I would like to see a far broader availability – or at least exposure – of sports and recreational activities in schools. Currentl the majority of schools offer football, tennis and other very mainstream sports. However many people do not enjoy these or ould enjoy something entirely different.

Schools could look into the local community and see what sports clubs are available locally and bring in these outside coaches (fully vetted as per any adult with child contact) for either trial sessions (essentially giving free/cheap advertising to these clubs to schools – strengthening local small time private business) as well as exposing the youth of the nation to a wider variety of things to do.

Maybe it could be something as simple as a one off sports fair from local clubs held at the schools in the areas (once per school, per year) with each club offering a free trial period/lesson in return for the free advertising.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to see a far broader availability – or at least exposure – of sports and recreational activities in schools. Currentl the majority of schools offer football, tennis and other very mainstream sports. However many people do not enjoy these or ould enjoy something entirely different.

Schools could look into the local community and see what sports clubs are available locally and bring in these outside coaches (fully vetted as per any adult with child contact) for either trial sessions (essentially giving free/cheap advertising to these clubs to schools – strengthening local small time private business) as well as exposing the youth of the nation to a wider variety of things to do.

Maybe it could be something as simple as a one off sports fair from local clubs held at the schools in the areas (once per school, per year) with each club offering a free trial period/lesson in return for the free advertising.

Revoke the 10mph speed limit on Lake Windermere

To revoke the 10mph speed limit on Lake Windermere and to force the Lake District National Park Authority to develop a managed solution that will allow the use of powered boats at speeds above 10mph and allow us to enjoy water-skiing once again on Englands largest lake.

Why is this idea important?

To revoke the 10mph speed limit on Lake Windermere and to force the Lake District National Park Authority to develop a managed solution that will allow the use of powered boats at speeds above 10mph and allow us to enjoy water-skiing once again on Englands largest lake.

Revoke the 10mph speed limit on Lake Windermere

To revoke the 10mph speed limit on Lake Windermere and to force the Lake District National Park Authority to develop a managed solution that will allow the use of powered boats at speeds above 10mph and allow us to enjoy water-skiing once again on Englands largest lake.

Why is this idea important?

To revoke the 10mph speed limit on Lake Windermere and to force the Lake District National Park Authority to develop a managed solution that will allow the use of powered boats at speeds above 10mph and allow us to enjoy water-skiing once again on Englands largest lake.

compulsory insurance of aircraft weighing over 500kg against hijack

It is a legal requirement to insure all aircraft over 500kg in weight against hijack and terrorism;  this includes single seat gliders!  Although the risk of hijack of a single seat glider must approximate to zero, the average premium is about £175 per year on top of the usual insurance for airframe and third party.  This is nonsense.  I understand the legislation was supposed to be aircraft over 5000 kg ( five THOUSAND ) not 500kg. but the error will not be rectified.

Why is this idea important?

It is a legal requirement to insure all aircraft over 500kg in weight against hijack and terrorism;  this includes single seat gliders!  Although the risk of hijack of a single seat glider must approximate to zero, the average premium is about £175 per year on top of the usual insurance for airframe and third party.  This is nonsense.  I understand the legislation was supposed to be aircraft over 5000 kg ( five THOUSAND ) not 500kg. but the error will not be rectified.