Byelaws made under section 164 of the Public Health Act 1875 and sections 12 and 15 of the Open Spaces Act 1906 by Lawford Parish Council with respect to pleasure grounds, public walks and open spaces referred to in Schedule 1 of these byelaws.
1. In these byelaws:
"the Council" means Lawford Parish Council;
"the ground" means any of the grounds listed in Schedule 1;
"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 all of the grounds listed in Schedule 1.
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 tree, 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 without consent of the council.
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. No person shall light a fire or place, throw or drop a lighted match or any other thing likely to cause a fire.
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.
HORSES, CYCLES AND VEHICLES
Interpretation of Part 3
12 In this Part:
"designated route" means a route in or through the ground which is set aside for a specified purpose, its route and that purpose to be indicated by notices placed in a conspicuous position;
"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.
13 (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.
14 No person shall without reasonable excuse ride a cycle in the ground except in any part of the ground where there is a right of way for cycles.
15 No person shall without reasonable excuse bring into or drive in the ground a motor cycle, motor vehicle or trailer except in any part of the ground where there is a right of way for that class of vehicle.
16. No person shall without the consent of the Council leave or cause or permit to be left any motor vehicle in the ground between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
PLAY AREAS, GAMES AND SPORTS
Interpretation of Part 4
17 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.
"golf course" means any area within the ground set aside for the purposes of playing golf and includes any golf driving range, golf practice area or putting course;
"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
18. 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
19. No person under a specified age shall use any apparatus stated to be for the exclusive use of persons under that age by a notice conspicuously displayed on or near the apparatus. No person over the age limit stated shall use any of the apparatus that specifically states an age limit.
20 No person shall skate, slide or ride on rollers, skateboards or other self-propelled vehicles.
21 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.
22 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 2 and conspicuously displayed on a sign in the designated area when asked by any person to desist from breaking those rules.
23 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.
24 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.
25 No person shall play or practise playing golf or use any golf club or equipment within the grounds.
Interpretation of Part 5
26. 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.
"radio control" means control by a radio signal from a wireless transmitter or similar device.
27. 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
28. No person shall without the consent of the Council provide or offer to provide any service for which a charge is made.
29. (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 29(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
30. 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
31. 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.
32. No person shall fly any kite in such a manner as to cause danger or give reasonable grounds for annoyance to any other person.
33 No person shall without the consent of the Council use any device designed or adapted for detecting or locating any metal or mineral in the ground.
Remote Controlled Operated Model Vehicles
34. No person shall use a remote controlled operated model vehicle without prior written consent of the parish council.
35. No person shall obstruct:
(a) any officer of the Council or other person acting on behalf of the council in the proper execution of their 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.
36. (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
37. An officer of the Council, a police officer or a PCSO may remove any person offending against any of these byelaws from the ground.
38. 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.
GROUNDS TO WHICH BYELAWS APPLY [GENERALLY]
The grounds referred to in the byelaws are:
A) School Lane Playing Field, School Lane, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex.
B) Riverview Playing Field, Colchester Road, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex.
C) Waldegrave Way Playing Field, Colchester Road, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex.
RULES FOR PLAYING BALL GAMES IN DESIGNATED AREAS (BYELAW 22)
Any person using a designated area for playing ball games is required by byelaw 22 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 the Council prohibiting play in that area has placed a notice in a conspicuous position.