Westminster Council is planning to introduce a by-law that would prohibit the protest camp in Parliament Square.
The Council leader Cllr Colin Barrow says:
“We have been calling for action for years and now finally we have the ability to do something about it. I have said time and again we are not against public protest, but what we are against is people blighting an English Heritage site and preventing the rest of London, and its visitors from enjoying the square.”
Protesters have already been evicted from the green, by the Greater London Authority, but then moved to the pavement – which belongs to Westminster City Council. The council is using powers available since September when the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act came into force.
As David Cameron has said there is a fundamental right to protest but it should be on two feet – not in a tent.