Monday, March 25, 2013
Tower Hamlet The Council Strikes Back
Sometimes you just sit there and wonder what the **** is going on. I was reading the web for Sexual Entertainment Venues and our old friends at Tower Hamlets re-appeared. I was like WTAF we went through this sometime back why are we having another consultation?
Actually we are not, it seems that the council wants to use the amended schedule 3 from the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. They want to use the version affected by Policing and Crime Act 2009. Now having dug through all the mess within the act I have found one clause that has me a little bit worried (para 12(3)(c)) "that the number of sex establishments, or of sex establishments of a particular kind, in the relevant locality at the time the application is determined is equal to or exceeds the number which the authority consider is appropriate for that locality;”.
That has been playing on my mind a bit. I was speaking to Chasmal last night and hadn't found this so we were assuming that the previous consultation went against the council and this gives them a chance of closing venues. Of course with the situation in Leicester and the current ongoing situation in Oxford the council stands little chance of winning but is does seem like the council wants to be in a train wreck.
Why do I think the previous consultation went against the council? Well if it had of been what they wanted they would have been dancing for joy as they tried to close the tower hamlets 11 (or is that 7?). So as the clubs are still open and operating under licenses this new measure may be paving the way for the council to try and close the clubs. I find it interesting nothing had been announced and wonder why the council would want a tiny response? Guessing after the last debacle they are trying desperately to avoid another slap in the face. Noticeable that this time residents are being asked to provide their full post code. Obviously it is every possible step they can think of to pass this act in the council without a challenge.
So if you have a Tower Hamlets post code and you want to complete the survey the information is linked from hHERE
And if Tower Hamlets councillors get to read this having had a consultation which has been hidden for over a year is this the right thing to do? Or is it the act of someone trying to ruin the borough?
TonyN heading back to bed on a miserable Monday morning