Nanny Knows Best

Nanny Knows Best
Dedicated to exposing, and resisting, the all pervasive nanny state that is corroding the way of life and the freedom of the people of Britain.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Birmingham Council's Greed

I see that our much "respected" councils are continuing to do their bit to screw us for as much money as possible, in order to maintain themselves in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.

Birmingham council are trying to scam people with charges (£25-£50) for taking wedding photographs in Birmingham parks:

You are welcome to use our parks or green open spaces as backdrops for your wedding photographs and/or film recordings of your Wedding day for personal use only, with prior permission from us. 

Use service specific Parks form to make your request providing dates, times and the name of the site where you want to take your photographs. 

There is a charge of £50 for commercial photographs and £25 for non-commercial photographs.

Parks are open spaces owned by (we pay council tax for them) and used by the public, they are not the private fiefdoms of local councils!

Councils are the enemies of the people!

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  1. This sounds ripe for a legal test case.

  2. Tonk.2:18 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me how often local nanny tries to sell us things we already own.

  3. Lord of Atlantis2:50 PM

    They'd charge us for the very air we breathe, if they thought they would get away with it!

  4. Lord of Atlantis2:56 PM

    I forgot to add, that this is the same bunch of Philistines that has recently forced the closure of the much loved Aston Manor Transport Museum, until recently based in the old tram depot at Witton.

  5. “You are welcome to use our parks"

    Our parks. I don't bloody think so.

  6. Anonymous4:15 PM

    So the Birmingham parks are open to the public. Anyone can wander around them and take photos without a problem (unless, of course, a child happens to be within a mile or so; in which case the photographer would be arrested as a paedophile). A charge is only made if wedding photos are taken.

    As the council have 2 different charges, one for amateur and one for professional photography, and because no charge is levied on anyone else taking photos, they cannot argue that these charges are anything other than an attempt to fleece wedding parties.

    As an amateur photographer who has travelled a bit I have photos which I have taken of:-
    The Great Wall of China
    Statue of Christ the Redeemer
    The Taj Mahal
    Angkor Wat
    The Pyramids of Giza
    Leaning Tower of Pisa
    The Grand Canyon.

    I have never been charged.

    However, to take photos of a Birmingham park would cost me £25.