"We are worried about the lack of consultation on these proposals, and the results from the recent survey undertaken by London Councils show that the move is not really what many London local authorities want."
Bugger what the people might or might not want - Local Government in a nutshell.
"I do not think for a second that [fining people] is what local authorities are doing,"
But they bloody well will be now that someone's told them they can. More money to piss away on things *they* want!