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TEYNHAM PARISH COUNCIL

BYELAWS 2000

Pleasure grounds, public walks and open spaces

The Meadow, Belle Friday Close,Teynham.

This is to certify that this is a true copy of the byelaws as confirmed by Secretary of State to come into operation on the fifth day of June 2000

Mrs. C.M. McIlroy, Clerk to the Council

Byelaws made by the Teynham Parish Council under Section 12 and 15 of the Open Space Act, 1906 with respect to The Meadow, Belle Friday Close, Teynham pleasure ground.

Interpretation

1.             In these byelaws:

                “the Council” means Teynham Parish Council;

                “the ground” means The Meadow, Belle Friday Close, Teynham.

Vehicles

2.              (1)  No person shall, without reasonable excuse, ride or drive a motor cycle,  motor vehicle or any other mechanically propelled vehicle in the ground, 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.

                (2)  If the Council has set apart a space in the ground for use by vehicles of any class, this byelaw shall not prevent the riding or driving of those vehicles in the space so set apart, or on a route, indicated by signs placed in conspicuous positions, between it and the entrance to the ground.

                (3)  This byelaw shall not extend to invalid carriages.

                (4)  In this byelaw:

              “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 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

3.            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.

Horses

4.         No person shall, except in the exercise of any lawful right or privilege, or             without the consent of the Council, ride a horse in the ground.

Climbing

5.         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

6.         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.

Erection of Structures

7.         No person shall in the ground, without the consent of the Council, erect any post, rail, fence, pole, tent, booth, stand, building or other structure.

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.

Children’s play apparatus

9.         No person who has attained the age of 14 years shall use any apparatus in the ground which, by a notice placed on or near thereto, has been set apart by the Council for the exclusive use of persons under the age of 14 years.

Trading

 10.      No person shall in the ground, without the consent of the Council, sell, or offer or expose for sale, or let to hire, or offer to expose for letting to hire, any commodity or article.

Grazing

11.       No person shall, without the consent of the Council, turn out or permit any animal to graze in the ground.

Protection of flower beds, trees, grass, etc.

12.       No person who brings or causes to be brought into the ground a vehicle shall wheel or park it over or upon:

            (a)  any flower bed, shrub or plant, or any ground in the course of preparation as a flower bed, or for the growth or any tree, shrub or plant;  or

            (b)  any part of the ground where the Council, by a notice placed in a   conspicuous position in the ground, prohibits its being wheeled or parked.

13.       No person shall in the ground enter upon:

            (a)  any flower bed, shrub or plant, or any ground in the course of preparation as a flower bed, or for the growth of any tree, shrub or plant;  or

            (b)  any part of the ground set aside for the renovation of grass or turf, where adequate notice to keep off such grass or turf is exhibited.

Removal of substances

14.       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.

Games

15.       No person shall, in any area of the ground which may have been set apart by the Council for any game, play any game when the state of the ground or other  cause make it unfit for use and a notice is placed in a conspicuous position prohibiting play in that area of the ground.                         

16.       No person shall in the ground play any game:

(a)  so as to give reasonable ground for annoyance to any other person in the ground;  or

(b) which is likely to cause damage to any tree, shrub or plant in the ground.

Archery

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

Field Sports

18.          No person shall in the ground, throw or put any javelin, discus or shot, except on land set aside by the Council for this purpose.

Golf

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

Cricket

20.       No person shall use any cricket ball, except in any part of the ground which, by a notice placed in a conspicuous position in the ground, has been set aside as an area where a cricket ball may be used.

Skateboarding and roller skating

21.          No person shall in the ground skate, slide or ride on rollers, skateboards, wheels or other mechanical contrivances or equipment in such a manner as to cause danger or nuisance or give reasonable grounds for annoyance to other persons in the ground.

Missiles

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

Aircraft

23.          No person shall, except in case of emergency or with the consent of the Council, take off or land in the ground in an aircraft, helicopter, hang-glider or hot-air balloon.

Kites

24.          No person shall in the ground fly or cause or permit to be flown any kite in such a manner as to cause a danger, nuisance or annoyance to any other person in the ground.

Fires

25.          (1)  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.

                (2)  This byelaw shall not apply to any event held with the consent of the Council.

                (3)  This byelaw 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.

Protection of Wildlife

26.          No person shall in the ground intentionally kill,  injure, take or disturb any animal or engage in hunting,  shooting or the setting of traps or the laying of snares unless with the consent of the Council.                                       

Noise

27.          (1)  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:

                (a)  by shouting or singing;

                (b)  by playing on a musical instrument; or

               (c)  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.

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

Public shows and performances

28.          No person shall in the ground, without the consent of the Council, hold or take part in any public show or performance.

Exhibitions and structures

29.         No person shall in the ground, without the consent of the Council, place or take part in any exhibition, or set up any swing, roundabout or other like thing.

Gates

30.          Where the Council indicates by a notice conspicuously exhibited on or alongside any gate in the ground that leaving that gate open is prohibited, no person having opened that gate or cause it to be opened, shall leave it open.

Obstruction

31.          No person shall in the ground:

                (a)  intentionally obstruct any officer of the Council in the proper execution of his duties;

                (b)  intentionally obstruct any person carrying out an act which is necessary to the proper execution of any contract with the Council;  or

                (c)  intentionally obstruct any other person in the proper use of the ground, or behave so as to give reasonable ground for annoyance to other persons on the ground.

Savings

32.          (1)  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.

                (2)  Nothing in or done under any of the provisions of these byelaws 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

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

Penalty

34.          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.       

Given under our hands and seals this seventh day of March, 2000

          Signed.    W.F.J. Lewis, FRICS.  (Chairman)

         Signed.    B.P. Sharman, B.Sc. C.Eng. FIEE. FIMarE. (Vice Chairman)

         Members of the Teynham Parish Council

The foregoing byelaws are hereby confirmed by the Secretary of State and shall come into operation on the fifth day of June 2000

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State

R.G. EVANS

Head of Unit

Constitutional and Community Policy Directorate

8 May 2000

Home Office

LONDON, SW1.

Copies of this Byelaw can be obtained from:

The Clerk to Teynham Parish Council

CHARGE 20p. Per copy

Published and Printed by Teynham Parish Council 2000