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Ah yes, devolved powers. Very useful.But back to playing "devil's advocate" , how does the erection of the height barrier contravene the Race Relations Act when it stops all high vehicles using the car park not just those of travellers. Conversely the travellers are just as able to access the car park in a car as any other group. As you say, its only inflammatory in race relation terms because of the statements made at the time. As always the answer returns to providing enough accommodation for travellers whether permanent or transit sites and dealing with unlawful behaviour properly, whoever it is.
Thank you for being devil's advocate. That's always very useful.
If you remember, Karl Read began by using the exact argument you did yourself. (As soon as I read your comment I thought that here we have a retired local authority manager - are you?). Karl said that the council wished to protect the community. "we need to protect our communities and businesses". But when questioned who he wished to protect the community from he admitted it was in response to a series of problems four years ago. "following the bad experience we had from Travellers in 2017" Thus admitting that the council wished to exclude an entire race - not just the criminals among that race. Up to then the council was in the clear.
It would be up to the court to decide .... but I can see no way out for the council now. The council has discriminated against a protected characteristic. Unlawfully. The fact that others (we) have been caught in the net is irrelevant. The council's actions became criminal at that point - subject to the court agreeng with me - but I think a court would. . I can't think of a council admitting racism so openly in the past. I've often suspected it but a council will normally (actually always up to now) say that a barrier or ban is due to motorhomers leaving rubbishe behind them. Freedom of Information questionng always proves a lack of evidence of this and never complaints in any number. I'm surprised Karl made the admissision.
I no longer involve myself in such matters but on this occasion I might just ask Norfolk County Council for minutes of the meeting between council workers and police. that Karl told us of.