Byelaws for Downview Public Open Space
East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council
BYELAWS FOR DOWNVIEW PUBLIC OPEN SPACE
ARRANGEMENT OF BYELAWS
1. General interpretation
PROTECTION OF THE GROUND, ITS WILDLIFE AND THE PUBLIC
3. Protection of structures and plants
4. Unauthorised erection of structures
7. Protection of wildlife
HORSES, CYCLES AND VEHICLES
12. Interpretation of Part 3
13. Horses – Horse riding prohibited
PLAY AREAS, GAMES AND SPORTS
14. Interpretation of Part 4
15. Children’s play areas
16. Children’s play apparatus
18. Ball games
19. Ball games – Rules
22. Field sports
23. Golf – Prohibited
24. Interpretation of Part 5
25. Model aircraft – General prohibition
OTHER REGULATED ACTIVITIES
26. Provision of services
27. Excessive noise
28. Public shows and performances
29. Aircraft, hang-gliders and hot air balloons
33. Removal of offenders
SCHEDULE 1 – Rules for playing ball games in designated areas
Byelaws made under sections 12 and 15 of the Open Spaces Act 1906 by the East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council with respect to Downview Public Open Space, Stocks Lane, East Wittering.
1. In these byelaws:
“the Council” means East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council;
“the ground” means Downview Public Open Space, Stocks Lane, East Wittering;
“designated area” means an area in the ground which is set aside for a specified purpose, that area and its purpose to be indicated by notices placed in a conspicuous position;
“invalid carriage” means a vehicle, whether mechanically propelled or not,
(a) the unladen weight of which does not exceed 150 kilograms,
(b) the width of which does not exceed 0.85 metres, and
(c) which has been constructed or adapted for use for the carriage of a person suffering from a disability, and used solely by such a person.
2. These byelaws apply to Downview Public Open Space, Stocks Lane, East Wittering.
PROTECTION OF THE GROUND, ITS WILDLIFE AND THE PUBLIC
Protection of structures and plants
3. (1) No person shall without reasonable excuse remove from or displace within the ground:
(a) any barrier, post, seat or implement, or any part of a structure or ornament provided for use in the laying out or maintenance of the ground; or
(b) any stone, soil or turf or the whole or any part of any plant, shrub or tree.
(2) No person shall walk on or ride, drive or station a horse or any vehicle over:
(a) any flower bed, shrub or plant;
(b) any ground in the course of preparation as a flower bed or for the growth of any tree, shrub or plant; or
(c) any part of the ground set aside by the Council for the renovation of turf or for other landscaping purposes and indicated by a notice conspicuously displayed.
Unauthorised erection of structures
4. No person shall without the consent of the Council erect any barrier, post, ride or swing, building or any other structure.
5. No person shall without reasonable excuse climb any wall or fence in or enclosing the ground, or any barrier, railing, post or other structure.
6. No person shall without the consent of the Council turn out or permit any animal for which he is responsible to graze in the ground.
Protection of wildlife
7. No person shall kill, injure, take or disturb any animal, or engage in hunting or shooting or the setting of traps or the laying of snares.
8. (1) No person shall leave open any gate to which this byelaw applies and which he has opened or caused to be opened.
(2) Byelaw 8(1) applies to any gate to which is attached, or near to which is displayed, a conspicuous notice stating that leaving the gate open is prohibited.
9. No person shall without the consent of the Council erect a tent or use a vehicle, caravan or any other structure for the purpose of camping.
10. (1) No person shall light a fire or place, throw or drop a lighted match or any other thing likely to cause a fire.
(2) Byelaw 10(1) shall not apply to the lighting of a fire at any event for which the Council has given permission that fires may be lit;
11. No person shall throw or use any device to propel or discharge in the ground any object which is liable to cause injury to any other person.
Interpretation of Part 3
12. In this Part:
“motor cycle” means a mechanically-propelled vehicle, not being an invalid carriage, with less than four wheels and the weight of which does not exceed 410 kilograms;
“motor vehicle” means any mechanically-propelled vehicle other than a motor cycle or an invalid carriage;
“trailer” means a vehicle drawn by a motor vehicle and includes a caravan.
12. (1) No person shall ride a horse except in the exercise of a lawful right or privilege.
(2) Where horse-riding is permitted by virtue of a lawful right or privilege, no person shall ride a horse in such a manner as to cause danger to any other person.
PLAY AREAS, GAMES AND SPORTS
Interpretation of Part 4
13. In this Part:
“ball games” means any game involving throwing, catching, kicking, batting or running with any ball or other object designed for throwing and catching, but does not include cricket;
“self-propelled vehicle” means a vehicle other than a cycle, invalid carriage or pram which is propelled by the weight or force of one or more persons skating, sliding or riding on the vehicle or by one or more persons pulling or pushing the vehicle.
Children’s play areas
14. No person aged 12 years or over shall enter or remain in a designated area which is a children’s play area unless in charge of a child under the age of 12 years.
Children’s play apparatus
15. No person aged 12 years or over shall use any apparatus stated to be for the exclusive use of persons under the age of 12 years by a notice conspicuously displayed on or near the apparatus.
16. (1) No person shall skate, slide or ride on rollers, skateboards or other self-propelled vehicles except in a designated area for such activities.
(2) Where there is a designated area for skating, sliding or riding on rollers, skateboards or other self-propelled vehicles, no person shall engage in those activities in such a manner as to cause danger or give reasonable grounds for annoyance to other persons.
17. No person shall play ball games outside a designated area for playing ball games in such a manner:
(a) as to exclude persons not playing ball games from use of that part;
(b) as to cause danger or give reasonable grounds for annoyance to any other person in the ground; or
(c) which is likely to cause damage to any tree, shrub or plant in the ground.
18. It is an offence for any person using a designated area for playing ball games to break any of the rules set out in Schedule 1 and conspicuously displayed on a sign in the designated area when asked by any person to desist from breaking those rules.
19. No person shall throw or strike a cricket ball with a bat except in a designated area for playing cricket.
20. No person shall engage in the sport of archery except in connection with an event organised by or held with the consent of the Council.
21. No person shall throw or put any javelin, hammer, discus or shot except in connection with an event organised by or held with the consent of the Council.
22. No person shall drive, chip or pitch a hard golf ball.
Interpretation of Part 5
23. In this Part:
“model aircraft” means an aircraft which weighs not more than 7 kilograms without its fuel;
“power-driven” means driven by:
(a) the combustion of petrol vapour or other combustible substances;
(b) jet propulsion or by means of a rocket, other than by means of a small reaction motor powered by a solid fuel pellet not exceeding 2.54 centimetres in length; or
(c) one or more electric motors or by compressed gas.
24. No person shall cause any power-driven model aircraft to:
(a) take off or otherwise be released for flight or control the flight of such an aircraft in the ground; or
(b) land in the ground without reasonable excuse.
OTHER REGULATED ACTIVITIES
Provision of services
25. No person shall without the consent of the Council provide or offer to provide any service for which a charge is made.
26. (1) No person shall, after being requested to desist by any other person in the ground, make 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 by:
(a) shouting or singing;
(b) playing on a musical instrument; or
(c) by operating or permitting to be operated any radio, amplifier, tape recorder or similar device.
(2) Byelaw 30(1) does not apply to any person holding or taking part in any entertainment held with the consent of the Council.
Public shows and performances
27. No person shall without the consent of the Council hold or take part in any public show or performance.
Aircraft, hang gliders and hot air balloons
28. No person shall except in case of emergency or with the consent of the Council take off from or land in the ground in an aircraft, helicopter, hang glider or hot air balloon.
29. No person shall fly any kite in such a manner as to cause danger or give reasonable grounds for annoyance to any other person.
30. No person shall obstruct:
(a) any officer of the Council in the proper execution of his duties;
(b) any person carrying out an act which is necessary to the proper execution of any contract with the Council; or
(c) any other person in the proper use of the ground.
31. (1) It shall not be an offence under these byelaws for an officer of the Council or any person acting in accordance with a contract with the Council to do anything necessary to the proper execution of his duty.
(2) Nothing in or done under 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 lawfully by virtue of some estate, right or interest in, over or affecting the ground or any part of the ground.
Removal of offenders
32. Any person offending against any of these byelaws may be removed from the ground by an officer of the Council or a constable.
33. 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.
RULES FOR PLAYING BALL GAMES IN DESIGNATED AREAS (BYELAW 19)
Any person using a designated area for playing ball games is required by byelaw 19 to comply with the following rules:
(1) No person shall play any game other than those ball games for which the designated area has been set aside.
(2) No person shall obstruct any other person who is playing in accordance with these rules.
(3) Where exclusive use of the designated area has been granted to a person or group of persons by the Council for a specified period, no other person shall play in that area during that period.
(4) Subject to paragraph (5), where the designated area is already in use by any person, any other person wishing to play in that area must seek their permission to do so.
(5) Except where they have been granted exclusive use of the designated area for more than two hours by the Council, any person using that area shall vacate it if they have played continuously for two hours or more and any other person wishes to use that area.
(6) No person shall play in the designated area when a notice has been placed in a conspicuous position by the Council prohibiting play in that area.
GIVEN under our hands and seals this 12th day of May 2009
Signed J O’SULLIVAN Chairman Signed J GUNNING Vice-Chairman
Members of the East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council
The foregoing byelaws are confirmed by the Secretary of State and shall come into operation on the 28th day of August 2009
Signed by authority of the Secretary of State
Signed P ROWSELL, 28 July 2009
Senior Civil Servant in the Department for Communities and Local Government, London, SW1E 5DU