This is why conservatives don’t want government messing with our lives. Check out this unbelievable government over-reach.
This is un-freaking-believable!
New regulations in the U.K. have allowed city councils to issue tickets which can result in hefty fines and a criminal record for the following behavior:
– not recycling properly
– feeding birds
– have barking dogs
– leaving your garbage can on the street
– parking inconsiderately
– looking into windows
– ‘annoying’ your neighbors
The councils have given out thousands of these CPNs and some for absolutely ridiculous reasons.
New research has found that town halls handed out more than 4,000 of the controversial orders, known as Community Protection Notices (CPNs), last year.
They can be issued to anyone deemed to be causing a nuisance to their neighbours, with the threat of a criminal record and a fine of up to £2,500 for those judged not to have improved their behaviour.
But campaigners say councils have far too much power to impose the orders and claim they often target innocent residents.
Those of us on the right side of the political spectrum would say that this looks like a cash grab to line the coffers of the city council with B.S. fines for mildly annoying behavior.
But hey, call me cynical.
Newham in East London issued the most (769), followed by Leeds (530). Householders with untidy gardens were slapped with CPNs by 40 councils, while owners of barking dogs were targeted in 25 areas…
…A pensioner was once fined more than £2,000 for feeding pigeons in her back garden, and an elderly farmer had to get rid of a flock of peacocks after a handful of neighbours complained about them.
In another case, a student was threatened with a CPN over a wheelie bin that did not belong to her house, while just last week it emerged that one of the orders had been used to ban a cafe owner in the Norfolk Broads from merely looking through the windows of a rival tea shop.
Josie Appleton of The Manifesto Club, a civil liberties group said the same:
‘Council officials now have the power to act as legislator, judge and jury in relation to the conduct of private citizens.
‘As would be expected, this is resulting in severe injustice. Several people have received CPNs based on inaccurate or false accusations, often as the outcome of a dispute with a neighbour or council officer.
‘In other cases, people are being penalised merely because their activities are disliked by some other individuals.’
Source: Daily Mail
This is far too much power to police behavior that is now in the hands of a very few.
This is why conservatives don’t want the government in our private affairs.
But those on the left want to police other people’s behavior.
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