The Home Office has refused to grant powers to South Yorkshire Police to stop EDL marches in Rotherham.
An application was made for the Government to allow police forces in extreme circumstances to ban certain protests.
In Rotherham, hopes were high that new legislation would allow South Yorkshire Police to ban EDL marches in the town, which have cost millions of pounds to police over the last two years and which traders say have affected business.
Plea to ban repetitive Rotherham protests rejected by Home Office
Attempts to ban repeated marches by far right groups in Rotherham have been rejected by the Home Office.
South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner wanted a change in the law to ban marches on grounds including frequency, cost and community impact.
Since 2012, 16 protests have been held, the majority organized by far right groups such as the EDL and Britain First, at a cost of £4m.
The Home Office said it had no current plans to change the law.