New law shift in councils

PUBLISHED: 16:15 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

THE town hall could be empowered to impose new laws following Whitehall proposals. A consultation document, from the Department for Communities and Local Government, is being discussed at the Regeneration and General Purposes Committee meeting on Monday.

THE town hall could be empowered to impose new laws following Whitehall proposals.A consultation document, from the Department for Communities and Local Government, is being discussed at the Regeneration and General Purposes Committee meeting on Monday.It lays out plans to give town councillors broad powers to impose and enforce new by-laws in Exmouth, passing power into the hands of local communities.They could include restrictions on climbing bridges, skateboarding, riding on verges, open spaces, burial grounds, walkways, public bathing, markets and even the prevention of fires.Stephen McAllister, from the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "This paper invites views on the proposed new procedure which will enable authorities to make certain byelaws without the need for scrutiny by the Secretary of State about proposals for a new enforcement regime for byelaws.

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