Does anyone have any accurate information (or a link to a site with current, understandable info) that will help me establish what, if any, legislation is in place that can be invoked to compel a local council to take more care / be more pro-active about lakes and waterways within their geographical boundaries?
I'm thinking specifically about the upkeep and care and maintenance of park lakes (particularly where fishing is involved), but also about some form of action against Giant Hogweed, which is raising its head locally more and more each year ... I'm fairly certain that there IS some sort of legal responsibilty for the removal of this plant, but I can no longer find the info I had.
A telephone enquiry to the relevent department got me no-where beyond a typical non-response blaming budget cuts, finances and workforce availability etc ... I'm trying to find out what measures local councils are compelled to take by law (either UK or EU ... I'm not fussy :-) ), hoping there might be something there that can be used as a lever?