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Updated Bylaws Proposed for Everyone to Enjoy Bristol’s Green Spaces

An updated set of bylaws aiming to enable Bristol’s communities to share their enjoyment of the city’s parks and green spaces will be considered by Bristol City Council’s Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Commission later this week (16 October.)

The 24 new bylaws, which will apply to 212 of the city’s green spaces, focus on ensuring that everyone can continue to use Bristol’s parks responsibly, considerately and safely, while enjoying the beautiful spaces the city has to offer.   

A public consultation in 2013 showed 77% of respondents were in favour of new byelaws to replace the existing Victorian ones. 

The new byelaws are being proposed following recommendations by the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Commission in April this year that byelaws drafted in 2013 be revised.

Alison Comley, Bristol City Council’s Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods said: “Bristol has numerous parks and green spaces and we want to encourage people to enjoy them responsibly and considerately.  The vast majority do, but public consultation has shown us that residents expect us to manage nuisance behaviour in our parks and green spaces.

“We have taken on board recommendations by Scrutiny and we think these revised byelaws are designed to get the right balance between enabling people to enjoy our parks and being able to address inconsiderate and nuisance behaviour if we need to.”

As part of the roll out of the proposed bylaws Police and Community Support Officers (PSCOs) will work alongside council officers taking a supportive, informative approach to encourage people to enjoy the city’s green spaces without adversely affecting other users and local communities.

Superintendent Rhys Hughes from Avon and Somerset Police said: “Neighbourhood teams across Bristol work hard to reduce anti-social behaviour, including in our parks and green spaces. We will continue to support council officers in encouraging everyone to enjoy them safely and with respect for the neighbouring communities.”

Following the Scrutiny meeting this week the byelaws will be formally considered by Full Council on 15 December.

If approved at Full Council, local people will be consulted on identifying designated areas in parks and green spaces for lighting fires and barbecues and with specific user groups on new byelaws relating to horse riding, golf, fishing and operating model aircraft.

The feedback from this public consultation will help form a final application to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to confirm the byelaws.

The Scrutiny report and proposed new bylaws are available on the council website https://www.bristol.gov.uk/committee/2015/sc/sc046/1016_fullbinder.pdf

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