Questions from Councillor Benjamin

First question on Notice from Councillor Benjamin to Councillor Sinclair
Do you find emerging stories of Council representatives telling boaters and waterside rough sleepers ‘we will get you when the PSPO comes in’ worrying?

Written response:
I am not aware of any such comments. There is a procedure for dealing with these matters through our website.

Supplementary question:
The point of the question was to make you aware of these concerns. How are you going to make it possible for homeless people to follow this procedure for reporting these matters given they have no computers?

Response:
We will make efforts to engage homeless people with the consultation. Thank you for bringing this information to our attention. We encourage individuals to make their complaints so that we can take action. We need evidence about specific inappropriate and comments [sic] so they can be followed up.

Second question on Notice from Councillor Benjamin to Councillor Sinclair
What are your plans for practically enforcing the Waterways PSPO on private land?

Written response:
The PSPO is unenforceable on private land, unless there is an implied right of access. The majority of the waterways of Oxford are publicly accessible, therefore there is an implied right of access. The public also has an implied right of access to the tow path, foot paths and some of the riverbank.

Supplementary question:
Will a map of who owns all the land along the towpaths be available as part of the consultation to aid the consultation?

Response:
I think this was part of the initial paperwork but if not we will see if we can produce one.

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