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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Southend Council Above The Law

Southend CouncilIt is "heartwarming" to see councils displaying themselves in their true light, when it comes to thinking up ways of screwing local taxpayers out of even more of their hard earned money.

Southend Council showed its true self recently by putting itself above the law in its relentless pursuit of Mark Howard, a Southend bicycle shop owner.

Mr Howard's crime?

He isn't creating any commercial waste! what?

Well you see loyal readers Southend Council makes a nice little earner out of charging shop owners etc for commercial waste. Mr Howard, by not producing any, clearly doesn't have to pay a commercial waste fee.

In the real, law abiding world, yes.

However, in Nanny's world.


Southend Council flatly refuse to accept the fact that they cannot make some money out of Mr Howard, so they have chosen to disbelieve the fact that he doesn't produce any waste and are fining him £180.


How is it Mr Howard manages not to produce waste?

He stores surplus materials such as cardboard boxes and old pedals away for re-use, bent steel and aluminium frames that can't be salvaged are sold for scrap.

Several weeks ago he received a letter from Southend Council asking how he disposed of waste. He rang to explain, but the council refuses to believe him.

They sent an "officer" round, he didn't look round or ask any questions, merely gave Mr Howard a letter which told him to pay a fixed penalty.

Mr Howard has paperwork to prove that he does what he says he does with the waste, yet they seem not ot be listening.

Simon Crowther, group manager for waste, said:

"Mr Howard is required under the Environmental (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991 to produce evidence as to how he legally and lawfully disposes of commercial waste under his control.

Mr Howard has been issued with a fixed-penalty fine due to the fact he failed to provide this evidence

It seems to me that the Council has not been listening, as they are more interested in making money.

I would note that, under the law ie "innocent until proven guilty", the onus is on them to prove that Mr Howard is producing waste. Southend choose not to prove this and instead have placed themselves above the law.

Nanny is displaying her true nature here, she is a dictator who uses the law to enrich herself.

By the way, it's a Tory council!

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  1. Again, at the risk of sounding like a stuck record, the political colour of the council doesn't matter, it is the officers of the council that take such decisions. It is up to the electorate to push the candidates, when they next knock on our doors, like dogs with two tails, seeking our support, to explain exactly how they will reign in the power of the council employees(who like to be called officers; it sounds more powerful and official)that make such policies. It seems to me that Zanu Labour have hundreds of these cretins in place in almost all public bodies and, I suspect, that once Zanu Labour are pushed kicking and screaming out of government next year, these "special agents," all with a common purpose, will cause havoc and undermine the new government.

    Innocent until proven guilty has been eroded in our criminal justice system over the last twelve years, look at HMRC as a claasic example and, if Hattie Harpic gets her way, not only will you need to prove your innocense but, the duty on the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt will too be reduced.

    It seems this shopkeeper cannot win; We are all told to recycle to save the planet under the new religion of climate change but, when this guy does, he is fined for not producing enough you say Ken;...Kerching!!

  2. Fined if you do, fined if you dont!


  3. glenn6:22 PM

    Once again, we're guilty until we prove ourselves innocent. The default position is that we are guilty, of course. Just as with the SORN scam, whereby you can end up with fines just for keeping your own car in your own garage. That is an 'offence', apparently. The only offence here is that a fundamental component of law - innocence until _proven_ otherwise - has been turned on its head.

  4. Oh, for God's sake. The insanity is of it!

    Off topic, but you need to know this, because what happens across the pond, happens here. The G20 co-ordinate their 'initiatives' in their respective countries.

    Massachusetts has passed a bill to forcefully vaccinate people against their will - or be incarcerated.

    They've instituted martial law