I would like to thank Cllr Sinclair for her commitment to engaging boaters in the debate and hope she engages more fully with the discussion. The ‘Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (2014)’ gives councils the statutory power to make a PSPO if the activities being banned are persistent and will have a detrimental effect on quality of life. Moreover, according to the ‘Crime and Disorder Act (1998)’ anti-social behaviour is defined as acts causing ‘harassment, alarm or distress.’ Having read the PSPO waterways supporting evidence document, I was left wondering on what grounds Cllr Dee Sinclair was able to conclude that many of the activities documented genuinely constitute ‘harassment, alarm or distress.’ In particular, I am referring to activities such as mooring without consent and smoke and noise from engines, generators or stoves. I also wonder how Cllr Dee Sinclair was able to conclude that these activities are having a significant and persistent detrimental effect on quality of life. I would, therefore, like to ask Cllr Dee Sinclair to clarify under what circumstances mooring without consent or heating one’s home with a stove causes harassment, alarm or distress and has a persistent substantive detrimental effect on the quality of life of others?
Written Response from Councillor Sinclair
The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on activities in the draft PSPO. No conclusions have been made; they are dependent upon the outcome of the consultation.
No verbal response from Councillor Sinclair has been minuted