Public’s views sought on plans to offer more protection to 35 small parks and green spaces
Published: Thursday 9th March 17
The council has unveiled a series of proposed new byelaws designed to tackle anti-social behaviour in some of the borough’s smaller local parks and open spaces.
A public consultation is now underway, which runs until March 31, and gives local people the chance to offer their views on the proposals.
At present there are byelaws in place to discourage bad behaviour in the borough’s biggest parks and open spaces, including Battersea Park, Wandsworth Common and Tooting Common.
These byelaws allow the council to take action against littering, dog fouling, flytipping, vandalism, rowdy behaviour, traveller occupations, moped riding and aggressive or dangerous cycling, plus many other forms of undesirable and unacceptable behaviour.
Extra protection could be given to 35 small parks like this one in Battersea
But there are 35 parks and green spaces in Wandsworth, including cemeteries and playing fields, where these rules do not apply. As a result the council is now keen to ensure that these important local amenities - and the people who use and enjoy them - are given appropriate extra layers of protection.
Accordingly, the council is now proposing to introduce a set of byelaws drawn up by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) which can be used by any local authority that wants to offer enhanced levels of protection to their open spaces.
Environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “These proposals are designed to fill in the gap that exists between our biggest and smallest local parks.
“What we want to do is make sure that we are able to properly deal with problems of bad behaviour that damage our parks, causes distress and upset to those who want to enjoy them and in extreme cases, may even deter people from visiting them.
“Having adequate powers to tackle issues like flytipping, dog fouling and traveller invasions in each and every one of our parks and open spaces is in the interests of the wider law-abiding community and so I would urge residents who support these efforts to take part in this consultation.”
For more information about the proposals and to take part in the consultation please visit the council’s website.