In relation to the Ministerial Directions, it is clear from the responses to question 1 that many individuals are not content with the Ministerial Directions (81%) and Exemption Orders as a whole.
In terms of what the local authorities thought, 65% out of the 20 local authorities which responded agreed with the proposed Ministerial Directions while 35% disagreed.
All feedback received for the Ministerial Directions will help inform the content of these Directions moving forward.
Local Authority Exemption Order Regulations
The focus of the questions in this consultation with regards to Local Authority Exemption Order Regulations was to gather opinion on the form and process of an Exemption Order.
In terms of the form of an Exemption Order, 45% answered agree that it should follow a similar format to a TRO, 42% disagreed while 13% did not give a response. 90% of the 20 local authorities who provided a response to the consultation agreed with our proposals relating to the form of an Exemption Order, while 10% disagreed.
Other feedback to note is:
- 72% of respondents agreed that local authorities should keep an archive of all previous and existing notices on their website. 13% disagreed while 15% did not provide a response.
- 67% of respondents agreed that local authorities should display the Notice of Order on appropriate locations such as lampposts in the vicinity of a proposed exemption. 18% disagreed while 15% did not provide a response.
- 67% of respondents agreed that residencies and businesses, and any other stakeholders present within a set distance of a proposed exemption should have a notice placed through their door or posted to them. 18% disagreed while 16% did not provide a response.
- 60% of respondents agreed that if a local authority cannot make a decision on an Exemption Order via committee then they could have the opportunity to refer a case to the DPEA to arrange a Public Local Inquiry or a Hearing. 19% disagreed while 21% did not provide a response.
All feedback received relating to the form and process of an Exemption Order will help inform the content of the Section 52 Regulations.
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