England riots: Plans to ease rules on shop shutters abandoned

 
Looters leave an electronics store in Birmingham Some shops were destroyed during the 2011 riots.

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The government has abandoned plans to ease planning restrictions on security shutters for shops.

A consultation by the Department for Communities and Local Government was prompted by last year's riots.

But the consultation, which took the form of letters to local planning chiefs, concluded that it would be a "disproportionate over-reaction".

Looting and vandalism broke out in north London in August 2011 before spreading across several cities.

Relaxing the rules on shutters was one idea mentioned by the prime minister when Parliament was recalled in response to the riots last summer.

David Cameron told MPs he realised it was "difficult" for shops to put up protective shutters and vowed to "weed out unnecessary planning regulations".

The government consultation asked if shops should be able to install security shutters without approval from local authorities.

'Under siege'

But announcing the result of the consultation, a government spokesman said: "Police and councils advised that relaxing these rules could have the opposite effect and increase crime and anti-social behaviour by giving High Streets the appearance of being under siege."

The decision led the Association of Convenience Stores to question the government's commitment to cutting red tape for businesses.

"This would require councils to be creative, talk to local retailers and respond to their needs. That is not something they're renowned for," ACS spokesman Shane Brennan told The Grocer.

Siva Kandiah, a shop-owner whose property was destroyed by rioters in east London, told the magazine: "They should leave it up to us to decide what we need to keep our shops safe."

The Department for Local Government has offered funding to affected areas through the High Street Fund and, in London, through the Mayor's Regeneration Fund.

 

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    Comment number 133.

    Re130 Gardner Sorry such nonsense! Its thirty years of that sort of tosh has got us where we are with rights,entitlement etc. Whilst the third world have been working their way out of REAL poverty and underprivilege you mention. (Have you seen it? I have) The reality is they have now sneaked up behind and bitten US all on the butt so step back and look globally because thats how it is NOW!!

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    Comment number 132.

    Re 46 Toby Wilson. Thank you for pointing out what I and so many of my generation think! I personally know at least five folk with Degrees in subjects utterly useless to them,prospective employers or anyone else for that matter! On the debate, I think local counsels should relax the shutters red tape but apply strict times on the opening and closing of them! IE just before average drunkoclock!!

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    Comment number 131.

    MY THINKING is that perhaps the government wants 24 hour shopping, with staff being paid at the minimum wage, so shutters are unnecessary.

    Heavy engineering is now "Made in China", so manufacturing hundreds of thousands of shutters will imbalance our National Debt further.

    HONESTLY shutters are only a deterrent and anyone doing a serious riot will not give a tooting hoot about security measures!

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    Comment number 130.

    This is a community issue requiring young people to be treated as part of society rather than a forgotten group who only get heard when they cause disasters like riots. Unless they feel part of society through training and support, they will do anything to get what they want, as they are not happy in their home or school life and they have nothing to lose due to their under priviledged background

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    Comment number 129.

    Police and councils advised that relaxing these rules could have the opposite effect and increase crime and anti-social behaviour by giving High Streets the appearance of being under siege.
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    Bit late for worrying about appearances ....oxfam....empty....£shop....empty.....empty.....pdsa shop........pawnbrokers.....empty......cash generator shop.......dole office......empty......bookies.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 128.

    Clearly there are no tory chums in the shutter business.

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    Comment number 127.

    Will all the paid Olympic security and other workers form an orderly queue or will they dash, run, scramble towards the job centres?

    Will this be the Olympic legacy?

    Folk who showed that they could work - now on the scrapheap.



    The party is over Cameron. - Now what?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 126.

    As the sworn officer front-line staff are reduced and replaced by private security companies like G4S - I fear for my family's security and health from this Conservative government selling off our NHS and police.

    CRB checks for security companies are corrupt. Furthermore, private security companies are unaccountable to the public. Very disturbing.

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    Comment number 125.

    @07 'Napoleon'
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    I strongly disagree with you. There are certain mentalities that don't care about anyone but themselves - whatever government is in office in the UK.

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    Comment number 124.

    #123
    Cameron and Gideon are just as enthusiastic about turning the UK into State 51, as the nut jobs on the hard right courted by Adam Werrity's co "charity" worker.

    Left to their own devices the tories will see to it that we have our own tent people, reliance upon a variation of Medicaid, and a disproportionate number of low taxed/no taxed billionaires/multi millionaires - that is their nirvana.

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    Comment number 123.

    Conservative party legislation is now geared to reflect changes in society. Most people in middle class area's now have security or gated communities. We are seeing a drift, into the no-go zones seen in New York in the 70's. People need to realise that David Cameron and George Osborne, do not need the vote of people in Hackney, or Tottenham. Only when sufficient numbers vote, will change occur.

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    Comment number 122.

    #119
    You should not have to expect a tirade.It's the truth for the vast majority of those involved.
    You're also right about the state of the law which I feel to be in disarray at present.Allowing serious white collar crime to go unpunished is irresponsible and will damage London - it also brings the "two tier society" issue into sharp relief - now, that will cause problems..

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    Comment number 121.

    I didn't know shutters were subject to Planning. That just seems bizarre! If you have a jewelry shop even in a 'safe' highstreet, you're going to want shutters! In such matters its useful to know what's common practice elsewhere, France or Spain etc. Our planning rules are bizarre and its self evident that reform is needed. Let the shop keepers (and their insurers) decide.

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    Comment number 120.

    Never mind shops, if May carries on with the tory sponsors Prime Directive and opens the door to incompetent privateer mercenaries like G4S we're all going to need shutters for our homes.

    Still, they're on about the public receiving hand to hand combat training, so at least there will be Big Society vigilantes to help.

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    Comment number 119.

    I expect a tirade against this post, but will say it anyway.

    The riots last summer was not about freedom fighters or discontent about the system. It was pure anarchy driven by gangs of idiots on social media that terrified a huge proportion of the law-abiding public and their children.

    Law and justice may not be perfect in UK, but I will never tolerate criminal gangs of thugs/bullies either.

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    Comment number 118.

    109.ExpatKS - "The initial political rantings of UK ministers have been replaced by the to-be-expected backtrack.....Of course there aren't many riots in Oxbridge or Eton"

    Maybe they thought the better of their inital knee jerk reactions after seeing the actual evidence...???

    Ref Oxbridge/riots....ever heard of the Bullingdon Club...???

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    Comment number 117.

    #112
    live on off the backs of others and are totally anti-British, what do we do as a response?
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    Like the anonymous offshore registered companies that own swathes of premium London property, the ones that don't pay their taxes but get all the benefits of UK infrastructure - are these people patriots?How can cheating the country of vital tax revenues be patriotic?

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    Comment number 116.

    I didn't even know that shops had to apply for planning permission to install shutters to protect their premises /stock outside of trading hours.

    Yet, I can appreciate the dilemma faced by us all if we have to remove freedoms of the majority for the benefit of the minority lawless.

    As others have said - we do need to focus on reclaiming our streets - but with police cuts it's not looking good.

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    Comment number 115.

    111.mattmatt81 - you are just out to bash the Beeb, regardless of the truth, instead selectively referencing the Beeb's coverage of the riots...

    ...all the Beeb did was report what various politicians, members of the public & Police officials were saying, not promoting any given position....

    ....quoting what players say say it called the news, not propoganda....

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    Comment number 114.

    there is a party out there that u can all vote for its a bit different from the mainstream but its tough on law and order and its policies would put an end to this sort of thing. unfortunately the mainstream parties and liberal media know this thats why they scream RACIST at the very mention of their name

 

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