This paper was originally presented at a seminar in Chambers in June 2005.
“This wide-ranging Act seeks to rationalise the legislative framework governing public spaces and the local environment. In October 2002 the government issued two consultation papers. The broad context can be found in the first, Living Spaces – Cleaner, Safer, Greener, issued by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (“ODPM”). It was published following a cross-departmental review of the numerous relevant statutory powers and duties, and set out the government’s strategy for improving the quality of the nation’s public space…”