In the United Kingdom, byelaws (bylaws) are laws of local or limited application made by local councils or other bodies, using powers granted by an Act of Parliament, and so are a form of delegated legislation.

At present, because byelaws create criminal offences that can be prosecuted in magistrates’ courts, they must be approved by central government before they can come into force.


February 2002

PLEASURE GROUNDS, PUBLIC WALKS AND OPEN SPACES

Byelaws made by the Lambourn Parish Council under section 164 of the Public Health Act 1875, with respect to pleasure grounds, public walks and open spaces.

Interpretation

1.         In these byelaws:

            “the Council” means Lambourn Parish Council;

            “the ground” means any of the grounds listed in Schedule A to the byelaws.

Vehicles

2.         No person shall, without reasonable excuse, ride a cycle or bring or cause to be brought into the ground a motor cycle, motor vehicle, trailer or any other mechanically propelled vehicle (other than a cycle) except in any part of the ground where there is a right of way for that class of vehicle.

3.         These byelaws shall not extend to invalid carriages.

4.         In these byelaws:

            “cycle” means a bicycle, a tricycle, or a cycle having four or more wheels, not being in any case a motor cycle or motor vehicle;

            “invalid carriage” means a vehicle, whether mechanically propelled or not, the unladen weight of which does not exceed 150 kilograms, the width of which does not exceed 0.85 metres and which has been constructed or adapted for use for the carriage of one person, being a person suffering from some physical defect or disability and is used solely by such a person;

“motor cycle” means a mechanically propelled vehicle, whether or not intended or adapted for use on roads, not being an invalid carriage, with less than four wheels and the weight of which unladen does not exceed 410 kilograms;

“motor vehicle” means a mechanically propelled vehicle, whether or not intended or adapted for use on roads, not being an invalid carriage.

“trailer” means a vehicle drawn by a motor vehicle, and includes a caravan.

            Overnight parking

5.         No person shall, without the consent of the Council, leave or cause or permit to be left any vehicle in the ground between the hours of 12 midnight and 6 a.m.

Climbing

6.         No person shall, without reasonable excuse, climb any wall or fence in or enclosing the ground, or any tree, or any barrier, railing, post or other structure.

Removal of structures

7.         No person shall, without reasonable excuse, remove from or displace in the ground any barrier, railing, post or seat, or any part of any structure or ornament, or any implement provided for use in the laying out or maintenance of the ground.

Camping

8.         No person shall in the ground, without the consent of the Council, erect a tent or use any vehicle, including a caravan, or any other structure for the purpose of camping, except in any area which may be set apart and indicated by notice as a place where camping is permitted.

Fires

9.         i.          No person shall in the ground intentionally light a fire, or place, throw or let fall a lighted match or any other thing so as to be likely to cause a fire.

  1. Byelaw 9 (i) shall not apply to any event held with the consent of the Council.
  1. Byelaw 9 (i) shall not prevent the lighting or use of a properly constructed camping stove or cooker or barbecue in any area set aside for the purpose, in such a manner as not to cause danger of or damage by fire.

Removal of substances

10.       No person shall remove from or displace in the ground any stone, soil or turf, or the whole or any part of any plant, shrub or tree.

Archery

11.       No person shall in the ground, except in connection with an event organised by or held with the consent of the Council, engage in the sport of archery.

Field Sports

12.       No person shall in the ground, except in connection with an event organised by or held with the consent of the Council, engage in the sport of javelin or discus or hammer-throwing or shot putting.

Golf

13.       No person shall in the ground drive, chip or pitch a hard golf ball.

Missiles

14.       No person shall in the ground, to the danger or annoyance of any other person in the ground, throw or discharge any missile.

Waterways

15.       No person shall intentionally, carelessly or negligently foul or pollute any waterway comprised in the ground.

Metal Detectors

16.       No person shall on the land without the consent of the Council use any device designed or adapted for detecting or locating any metal or mineral in the ground.

Noise

17.       i.          No person shall in the ground, after being requested to desist by an officer of the Council, or by any person annoyed or disturbed, or by any person acting on his behalf;

  1. by shouting or singing;
  2. by playing on a musical instrument; or
  3. by operating or permitting to be operated any radio, gramophone, amplifier, tape recorder or similar instrument;

cause or permit to be made any noise which is so loud or so continuous or repeated as to give reasonable cause for annoyance to other persons in the ground.

ii.         This byelaw shall not apply to any person holding or taking part in any entertainment held with the consent of the Council.

Obstruction

18.       No person shall in the ground:

  1. intentionally obstruct any officer of the Council in the proper execution of his duties;
  2. intentionally obstruct any person carrying out an act which is necessary to the proper execution of any contract with the Council; or
  3. intentionally obstruct any other person in the proper use of the ground, or behave so as to give reasonable grounds for annoyance to other persons in the ground.

Savings

19.       i.          An act necessary to the proper execution of his duty in the ground by an officer of the Council, or any act which is necessary to the proper execution of any contract with the Council, shall not be an offence under these byelaws.

      ii.         Nothing in or done under any of the provisions of these bylaws shall in any respect prejudice or injuriously affect any public right of way through the ground, or the rights of any person acting legally by virtue of some estate, right or interest in, over or affecting the ground or any part thereof.

Removal of Offenders

20.       Any person offending against any of these byelaws may be removed from the ground by an officer of the Council or a constable.

Penalty

21.       Any person offending against any of these byelaws shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.

Schedule A

The grounds referred to in byelaw 1 are as follows:

            Mill Lane Playing Field, Lambourn

            The Old Cricket Field, Lambourn

            Eastbury Playing Field, Eastbury

This is a true printed copy of the byelaws confirmed by the Secretary of State on 25 June 2002.

Anne Ray

Clerk to Lambourn Parish Council

LW/ma Feb.2002

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