Presence and Photography on Parliament Square

Doug Paulley made this Freedom of Information request to Greater London Authority

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From: Doug Paulley

28 March 2012

Dear Greater London Authority,

This request is made in the context of this report
http://london.indymedia.org/articles/11962 and its accompanying
video.

Please can you explain:

1) current bylaws and other laws / regulations relating to the
restriction or otherwise of non-protestors (e.g. Tourists or other
people not engaging in protest activity) from being on Parliament
Square

2) what laws restrict the right to take photographs whilst in
Parliament Square

3) the existence or otherwise of the purported blacklist of
unacceptable websites to post photos on, and that list if it exists

4) the written authority of heritage wardens to enforce rules in
Parliament square and the limitations to that authority

5) whether the video shows the heritage officer behaving
inappropriately, overstating his authority or misquoting the law /
regulations

6) what steps you take to ensure heritage wardens act within their
remit and authority and know the law, and what steps you take to
enforce this.

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

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28 March 2012

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From: Mayor of London
Greater London Authority

2 April 2012

Dear Mr Paulley,

Thank-you for your recent Freedom of Information Request made in relation
to the video clip taken on 21st March 2012 shown at the web link below.
http://london.indymedia.org/articles/11962
Your questions shown in italics are answered in blue beneath each one.

Please can you explain:

1) current bylaws and other laws / regulations relating to the
restriction or otherwise of non-protestors (e.g. Tourists or other
people not engaging in protest activity) from being on Parliament
Square

There are no general restrictions on non-protesting members of the public
being on the open areas of Parliament Square Garden. However, when
visiting the Square, it is necessary to comply with the Parliament Square
Garden Byelaws 2012 ("the Byelaws") (these new byelaws replace the
Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square Garden Byelaws 2002 and came into
force on 30 March 2012), any other applicable statutory provisions and any
temporary closures. At the current time some areas of the Square are
closed while restoration works are taking place. However, the area shown
in the video clip is currently open to public access.

2) what laws restrict the right to take photographs whilst in
Parliament Square

The Byelaws place no restrictions on private or amateur photography. Under
the Byelaws, there are restrictions on commercial photography and filming,
in that prior written approval is required from the Greater London
Authority. A pre-authorisation scheme is operated that allows members of
the professional news media to go about their news gathering activities on
Parliament Square Gardens provided they display or produce, when requested
by an Authorised Officer, a UK Press Card Authority Press Card.

3) the existence or otherwise of the purported blacklist of
unacceptable websites to post photos on, and that list if it exists

The Greater London Authority operates no such list.

4) the written authority of heritage wardens to enforce rules in
Parliament square and the limitations to that authority

The Heritage Wardens are supplied under contract to the Greater London
Authority from C.UK Security Services Limited. The Heritage Wardens are
Authorised Officers for the purposes of the Byelaws and Part 3 of the
Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 ( "the 2011 Act"). This
provides them with the power to enforce both the Byelaws and the 2011 Act.

5) whether the video shows the heritage officer behaving
inappropriately, overstating his authority or misquoting the law /
regulations

The edited video clip provided does show a Heritage Warden behaving
inappropriately, overstating his authority and misquoting the Byelaws.
This is being investigated and action is being taken to address this lapse
of standards.

6) what steps you take to ensure heritage wardens act within their
remit and authority and know the law, and what steps you take to
enforce this.

Heritage Wardens receive induction and on-going training covering all
aspects of their role. A management structure exists in the form of
supervisors and a site manager to ensure that standards are maintained and
being applied correctly. As the video clip shows, the manager will
investigate the complaint made. GLA Officers also have oversight of the
operation and monitor activity and will take action to deal with any
inappropriate behaviour by Heritage Wardens.

Yours sincerely,

Christopher Harris
Support Services Manager

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Dear Greater London Authority,

This request is made in the context of this report
http://london.indymedia.org/articles/11962 and its accompanying
video.

Please can you explain:

1) current bylaws and other laws / regulations relating to the
restriction or otherwise of non-protestors (e.g. Tourists or other
people not engaging in protest activity) from being on Parliament
Square

2) what laws restrict the right to take photographs whilst in
Parliament Square

3) the existence or otherwise of the purported blacklist of
unacceptable websites to post photos on, and that list if it exists

4) the written authority of heritage wardens to enforce rules in
Parliament square and the limitations to that authority

5) whether the video shows the heritage officer behaving
inappropriately, overstating his authority or misquoting the law /
regulations

6) what steps you take to ensure heritage wardens act within their
remit and authority and know the law, and what steps you take to
enforce this.

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

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