Last night with temperatures below freezing I undertook my sixth direct action at Leeming Bar against the overnight parking ban. For a sixth time, Hambleton District Council (HDC) failed to issue me a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).
I am of the opinion that certain persons at HDC have conducted themselves in a degenerate manner in their attempts to ban overnight parking.
To distance myself from such conduct, whenever I undertake direct action I will utilise the time to pursue my Buddhist practices. This will include contemplation, praying and meditation. I freely admit that I may fall asleep while undertaking my practice, as I have done in many Buddhist gompas.
If a FPN had been issued, I would have made a successful appeal against it as:
- HDC is in breach of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – 65 – 1 which states: “A public spaces protection order may not restrict the public right of way over a highway.
- HDC has misused the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 as stated in the official Government guidelines.
- On the signs, it states “Overnight” but this is not defined.
- The signage is not permitted as per the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 (TSRGD2016). All permitted signs on the highway must comply with the TSRGD 2016.
- Consequently, as HDC has full knowledge of number 1 to 4, to issue a FPN would be a breach of the Fraud Act 2006
Assistance Received And Invited
I would like to thank those who have provided information or made a donation to assist with this direct action. I am grateful for and humbled by the support that has been given to me.
Before Christmas, circumstances permitting, I hope to undertake further direct action at both Leeming Bar and the south coast. I will be open to others joining me.
Please do give consideration to making a donation to assist with my costs as without such help future direct action will be restricted.
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In essence, the more assistance I receive the more direct action I will be in a position to take.
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