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For everyone’s enjoyment and safety, we need to tackle anti-social and nuisance behaviours in our parks. This is why we are considering introducing new byelaws.
Full Council were originally going to consider and endorse the new byelaws in December 2013.
However, we are now aiming to take the proposed byelaws to Full Council in March 2014. Full Council will then submit the byelaws formally to Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Secretary of State who makes the final decision.
The byelaws have been drafted and will include all the issues with the exception of:
- Gates (leaving open)
- Flying kites
- Playing cricket
- Ice skating
- Using model boats in rivers, streams, ponds etc
- Using metal detectors (concern about use of metal detectors tends not to be about people using the metal detectors, but digging up the ground once metal has been detected).
Why has there been a delay?
We needed to look at the status of each park and green space to ensure that we do have power to enforce byelaws at each location. There are 430 sites.
To include each site, we need to have clarity of status and be able to demonstrate that we have evidence of nuisance behaviour at that site. There is further work to be done on this.
The commitment to developing the byelaws has not diminished and is supported by the majority of citizens who responded to the consultation.
We are also clear that publicising the new byelaws, raising public awareness and changing behaviour without the need for formal enforcement action will always be our priority. The byelaws will however give the Police and the City Council the means to enforce where that is necessary.
We asked if you had experienced anti-social behaviours in parks and green spaces and which of these behaviours the new byelaws should cover.
The consultation is now closed.
The purpose of the introduction of the byelaws is:
- To ensure that all citizens can visit and enjoy parks and green spaces free from the effects of anti-social behaviour
- To prevent and enforce against anti-social behaviour in parks and green spaces
- To cover parks and green spaces not currently covered in the existing byelaws
- To fill any gaps in the type of anti-social activities covered by existing byelaws
Byelaws are local laws which are made by a statutory body, such as a local authority, under an enabling power established by an Act of Parliament.
There are byelaws already in place in Bristol covering some parks and green spaces. The byelaws give the police and some council officers the power to take enforcement action against people who carry out anti-social activities that are listed in the byelaws. The penalties for non-compliance vary, but are usually dealt with by the Courts imposing a fine following summary conviction.
The existing byelaws:
- Were put in place around the year 1900
- Do not cover all types of anti-social and nuisance behaviours that may happen in our parks.
- Cover only a small proportion of our parks and green space (approximately 20 of the 430 identified in the Parks and Green Space Strategy) because those sites did not exist at the time the byelaws came in to effect (especially in south Bristol and in the case of notable sites such as Castle Park).
There is also guidance available from DCLG about how byelaws are implented. It is the model byelaws that we are considering basing the new Bristol byelaws on.
- Concerns were raised in 2012 by residents and parks users about fishing at night and camping in some parks in Bristol.
- We will look at a range of issues that byelaws could cover including those raised in 2012.
- We will focus on the 430 Parks and Open Spaces identified in our Parks and Green Spaces Strategy
- We have looked at evidence over the last two years that shows which types of behaviours bylelaws would help us tackle.
- The new byelaws would be a toolkit for the police and some of our staff. They would only be used where people persist with anti-social behaviour and are not willing to stop when asked by the police or our staff.
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