After using the Freedom of Information Act
I requested the following;
Description of the information requested:
I recently took part in the Port of London Authority's informal consultation on new bylaws for the tidal River Thames. Since the consultation process ended there has been a formal response by the PLA but after my most recent request for a progress update i was advised that it has now been passed to the DFT for consideration.
Consequently I would be grateful if you advise me on
a) what "consideration" involves
b) when the dft will have finished this "consideration" process
c) what steps will be taken after the "consideration" process
Today the following info has come from the Department of Transport;
Dear Mr CJL,
Port of London Authority - Thames Bye-laws
Thank you for your enquiry into the status of the application by the Port of London Authority for bye-laws for tidal River Thames.
I hope the following answers your questions:
a) The 'consideration' or consultation process that the Ports Division of the Department for Transport carries out involves internal consultation with interested stakeholders including the Maritime & Coastguard Agency; Trinity House and the Royal Yachting Association. Consultation with the Department's legal advisors will also be required to ensure what is being proposed in the bye-laws is not outside the powers available to the Port of London Authority in their legislation.
b) After the consultation process has been completed, the bye-laws will be sealed (signed) by the applicant and a notice(s) advertising the bye-laws will be placed in a newspaper(s) circulating widely in the area of the application.
c) Any objection received as a result of the advertisement will be passed to the applicants for them to resolve. The Secretary of State will proceed to make the bye-laws when the objection is withdrawn. The Secretary of State can determine an application if objections have not been withdrawn.
You might be interested to know that at the time of you writing, the application for the bye-laws had not been received.
So it looks like the PLA are going to try and have an advisory
speed limit in place rather than us the bylaw system?
Glad that's all cleared up!!