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.

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Recent comments

The Putney Society welcomes this proposal by the council. The new byelaws are needed. Action is needed on vehicular parking in Putney Park Lane. The new byelaws would enable this to happen. Can you please advise me when the new byelaws will come into effect? Who is the officer dealing with this matter?
John Horrocks, Putney Society Open Spaces Panel Convener

31 March 2017

I fully support the proposal to counter dog-fouling, fly-tipping and Traveller invasions. I feel that no citizen should be a nuisance to any other reasonable citizen. However, I feel that the ban on barbecues is unenlightened and miserable. If people control their picnics, hold them in specific marked areas, and totally clean up after themselves, surely this will make our parks more fun, during our brief summer. Any infringements should be strongly policed, but perhaps encouraging citizens to be responsible, and to report littering, is the way forward. This is the attitude in Australia.
William Christie

13 March 2017

Some dog owners have a clever trick. They walk deliberately not keeping an eye on their dog. The dog does what it has to do, the owner doesn't notice and so doesn't clean it up.
A

13 March 2017

Absolutely agree with the proposal and support the idea. But who will enforce it ?
Juliana

12 March 2017

I agree with the proposal, but who is going to enforce these new rules and hand out penalties? Without threat of enforcement no behaviour changes will take place.
Morgan

12 March 2017

is a fantastic idea. ...
Antonia Davies

11 March 2017

I fully support these initiatives - these precious green spaces enhance the quality of our lives. Keep up the good work!
Shirley Kermer

11 March 2017

Please don't force cyclists out of parks. I'm fully in favour of the plans here to prevent cycling on non-designated routes, but also want a commitment to providing adequate designated lanes. I am a careful cyclist, often with my young son on the back, and am respectful of other park users. Cycling should be supported and encouraged across London. I'm very happy for you to find ways to penalise reckless cyclists, but please not at the expense of the rest of us!
Elizabeth P

10 March 2017

The Fred Wells Gardens over the road from me in Vicarage Crescent - is nothing but a dogs lavatory. See them when I'm playing tennis on the tennis court - dog owners march - with following dog - round the Gardens without once looking behind them - and then straight out of the Gardens. A lot of children and parents use the playgrounds in the Gardens - but because of the dog poo - I hardly ever see them sitting on the grass area.
Liz D

10 March 2017

As a resident of Tooting Broadway for over 25 years and being part of the local SNT Team and working with the local Police, I am so grateful and really appreciate this positive action taken by the Borough. Well done and this is one of the reasons I reused to move out of the Borough though persuaded by my daughters who live in other London Boroughs. WW Borough - you are all excellent and please keep up the good work. We are there to support you in all your positive and productive decisions. Good Luck1
Rajsingham Roger Selvakumar

10 March 2017

I am freqently picking up rubbish and reporting flytipping in Battersea - it is amazing how many people just chuck rubbish in the road, pathways and in the park. I am pleased that Wandworth are doing sonething about it; there should be heavier fines, security cameras installed and signs stating the fines and the fact that there are security cameras monitoring the area; why not launch a campaign like 'keep wandworth tidy' and promote it in local public institutions eg schools, libraries etc
Judith

10 March 2017

Dear Sir/Madam, I thoroughly welcome the proposal to provide adequate powers to tackle issues that blight our small parks like littering, flytipping and dog fouling. It is easy to underestimate the value of small parks to our local residents, and they can quickly turn from places of tranquillity and joy to places that are 'out of bounds' if they are 'damaged' by unsightly litter or dog mess, etc. However, these new powers will only be effective if they are applied.
Lewis Halsey

10 March 2017

I think that the requirement for good behaviour should apply equally in small parks as in large parks. People should behave well wherever they are - that shouldn't stop people having fun and enjoying themselves, but a little bit of respect for each other is a goodthing.
Debbie Ratcliffe

10 March 2017

Excellent idea, Leaders Gardens can be abused especially by drug users and drunks at night.
R H White

10 March 2017

Strongly support this. Dog fouling has been a big issue for a long time now. Another problem in the parks and open spaces is the proliferation of weed smokers, my wife therefore does not want to go out with kids alone anymore - hope this initiative will help to address this anti-social behaviour as well.
Zach

10 March 2017

There are rules in my local parks but no one to administer them. No one takes any notice of No Cycling or No dogs. There is no point having the occasional Parks Police handing out a fine - either administer the rules properly or don't have them!
Tim Le Blanc-Smith

10 March 2017

I hope this will include community gardens as we have so much trouble behind Lindsay cout SW11 3HZ with drunks and fighting
Brent

10 March 2017

Totally agree with these plans. I have small children and often don't use the park near our how due to dog fouling.
Sarah Jensen

10 March 2017

I wholeheartedly agree with the Councils plans to include all open spaces and parks in the bylaws currently only legal in the areas bigger parks. Sadly these bylaws seem necessary to prevent antisocial behaviour by a few, particularly those dog walkers who use the parks as a toilet and don't pick up after their dogs (and I am a dog owner myself) spoiling precious green areas for children and other users.
Shan Karwatowski

10 March 2017

I support the Council in their endeavours to keep all green spaces free from anti-social behaviour.
Marian Shaw

10 March 2017

Excellent
n baybutt

10 March 2017