Don’t Take Away Freedom of Speech, Hillingdon Council

Hillingdon Council is currently consulting on the introduction of a new Public Space Protection Order as the last version is expiring. Most of the terms of the new PSPO are uncontroversial, but hiding in the clauses is a direct attack on our freedom of speech.

Section 2 clause d says that “No person(s) shall place a table/stand/signage or similar within any part of the public area without written authorisation from the Council”.

This is a blatant attack on our freedom to talk to one another as users of the Hillingdon public spaces, and it is far out of proportion to any problems that might be solved by any such law.

This restriction affects religious groups, entertainers, political activists and anyone wanting to put up a poster or hand out flyers. Clearly this is an overreach of authority, and the Council must withdraw Section 2 clause d completely to avoid a major Human Rights violation.

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Don’t Take Away Freedom of Speech, Hillingdon Council

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