Still time to have your say on plans to give greater protection to small parks and green spaces
Published: Thursday 23rd March 17
There is still time for members of the public to take part in the consultation on proposals to introduce new byelaws in 35 of the borough’s smaller local parks and open spaces to prevent and tackle anti-social behaviour.
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 conduct.
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 my view in the interests of the wider community and so I would urge residents who support these efforts to take part in this consultation.”
The consultation lasts until Friday, March 31. For more information about the proposals and to register views on the proposals please visit the council’s website.