The new Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2001 Parliament Square Garden and surrounding area has specific restrictions aimed at Parliament Square Gardens (the green park in the middle of Parliament Square, but not the pavement or roads around it). The footways around Parliament Square gardens, including those facing the Palace of Westminster which various "peace camp" demonstrators have occupied, including the late Brian Haw , are the responsibility of the GLA and of Westminster Council.
The Greater London Authority has therefore now amended its byelaws slightly, even taking out mention of "camping equipment", which is now forbidden by the Act rather than through byelaw.
Contravening these bylaws could attract a fine of up to the standard scale level 1 9£200) or, for trading offences, up to level 3 (£1000).
The most repressive power, apart from property seizures, is the power for an "authorised person" to demand your name and address, if they have "reasonable ground for belief" that "a person has contravened" one or more of the byelaws.
This is bound to lead to harassment of innocent people by the unaccountable "Heritage Wardens" employed by a private security guard company and by the vast array of other GLA employees, who will claim to be "authorised persons".
How members of the public are meant to be able to identify any genuine, properly "authorised persons" is a mystery - one high visibility yellow vest looks just like another.
Where is the the easy method for members of the public to identify and complain about the activities of such alleged "authorised persons" ?