Some may have seen this latest proposal: http://www.guardian.co.uk/crime/article/0,,1929868,00.html Some may feel that the Government, clearly stung by public disquiet over rising Council Tax Bills, particular it's effect on the elderly and those on fixed incomes seems to have found yet another imaginative way for the local raising of revenue through a 'stealth tax' on behaviour: Notice how they have 'spun it' - giving more local people a say in running their communities! Does anyone actually 'believe' that? Is such a statement consistent with what some see as New Labour's track record of stripping power from Local Authorities and centralising it? I have attended Council Meetings when they have been open to the public. I have seen first hand how they interpret their obligations in this area. Although a member of the public may put questions to them, they interpret this narrowly by holding that there is no corresponding obligation to provide an answer to the question posited. You can ask them why, but they will not answer because there is no obligation for them to do so! What do you think the effect of such a practice would be when a proposed byelaw is being discussed during a meeting open to the public? Can anyone foresee a rash of bylaws if this proposal is effectuated? Can anyone actually foresee long abandoned byelaws which have fallen into disuse but are still, nevertheless bylaws although not enforced suddenly spring back to life again? Does anyone know of any obscure or unusual byelaws in their area? What about a byelaw to the effect that "wheeled vehicles will not be taken into the Park", will some local or Parish Council 'enforcer' in meeting his revenue targets interpret this to mean a child's pram? How about a Skateboard? A radio-controlled model car? Roller-Skates etc etc Does anyone see where this is going? Any comments?