In Council Bans Assistance/Guide Dogs From Cemetery I revealed how Market Weighton Town Council (MWTC) not only unlawfully closed the town’s cemetery it has also unlawfully banned assistance/guide dogs from it.
As I am unaware of any legislation that permits a Town Council to make an Order to ban access to a cemetery I have submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act to MWTC for a copy of the Order. Sadly this remains outstanding after three and a half months when legislation states it must be addressed within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has now intervened:
“I have written to the Council to request that a response be issued within ten working days. I have additionally informed the Council that if it is unable to meet this deadline it will need to explain why the response has been delayed, and to indicate when it may be in a position to issue a substantive response. The Commissioner will then decide whether enforcement action is required.”
MWTC Mayor, Councillor Peter Hammerman
When will MWTC finally start to conduct themselves in a lawful manner?