Country Park Byelaws

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Byelaws made by Essex County Council under Section 41 of the
Countryside Act 1968 with respect to Country Parks

Interpretation

1. In these byelaws:
 
“the Council” means Essex County Council;

“the land” means the country parks described in Schedule 1 to these byelaws

Climbing

2. No person shall, without reasonable excuse, climb any wall or fence on or enclosing the land, or any tree, or any barrier, railing, post or other structure.

Removal of Structures

3. No person shall, without reasonable excuse, remove from or displace on the land any barrier, railing, post or seat, or any part of any structure or ornament, or any implement provided for use in laying out or maintenance of the land.

Erection of Structures

4. No person shall on the land, without the consent of the Council, erect any post, rail, fence, pole, tent, booth, stand, building or other structure.

 Walking on the grass

5. No person shall on the land walk, run, stand, sit or lie upon:

(a) any grass, turf or other place where adequate notice to keep off such grass, turf or other place is exhibited; or

(b) any flower bed, shrub or plant, or any ground in the course of preparation as a flower bed, or for the growth of any tree shrub or plant

Protection of Wildlife

6. (1) No person on the land shall intentionally kill, injure, take or disturb
any animal or fish or engage in the hunting, shooting, or fishing, or the setting of traps or nets, or the laying of snares.

(2) This bylaw shall not prohibit any fishing which may be authorised by the Council

    
Removal of Substances

7. No person shall, without the consent of the Council, remove from or displace on the land any soil or turf, or the whole or any part of any plant or tree.

Trading

8. No person shall on the land, without the consent of the Council, sell, or offer or expose for sale, or let to hire, or offer or expose for letting to hire any commodity or article

Fires

9. (1) No person shall on the land intentionally light a fire, or place, throw or let fall a lighted match or any other things so as to be likely to cause a fire.

(2) This bylaw shall not prevent the lighting or use of a properly constructed camping stove or cooker in any area set aside for the purpose, in such manner as not to cause danger of or damage by fire

Vehicles

10. (1) No person shall, without reasonable excuse, ride or drive a cycle, motor cycle, motor vehicle, a horse drawn vehicle or any other mechanically propelled vehicle on the land, or bring or cause to be brought on to the land a motor cycle, motor vehicle, trailer, a horse drawn vehicle or any other mechanically propelled vehicle (other than a cycle), except on any part of the land where there is a right of way for that class of vehicle.

(2) If the Council has set apart a space on the land for use by vehicles of any class, this bylaw shall not prevent the riding or driving of those vehicles in the space so set apart, or on a route, indicated by signs placed in conspicuous positions, between it and the entrance to the land.

(3) This bylaw shall not extend to invalid carriages.

(4) In this bylaw:

“cycle” means a bicycle, tricycle, or a cycle having four or more wheels, not being in any case a motor cycle or motor vehicle;

“invalid carriage” means a vehicle, whether mechanically propelled or not, the unladen weight of which does not exceed 150 kilograms, the width of which does not exceed 0.85 metres and which has been constructed or adapted for use for the carriage of one person, being a person suffering from some physical defect or disability and is used solely by such person;

“motor vehicle” means a mechanically propelled vehicle, not being an invalid carriage, with less than four wheels, and the weight of which unladen does not exceed 410 kilograms;

“motor vehicle” means a mechanically propelled vehicle, not being an invalid carriage, intended or adapted for use on roads;

“trailer” means a vehicle drawn by a motor vehicle, and includes a caravan.

Overnight Parking

11. No person shall leave or cause or permit to be left any vehicle on the land outside the advertised opening and closing hours of the land.

Gates

12. Where the Council indicates by a notice conspicuously exhibited on or alongside any gate on the land that leaving that gate open is prohibited, no person having opened that gate, or caused it to be opened, shall leave it open.

Camping

13. No person shall on the land, without the consent of the Council erect a tent or use any vehicle, including a caravan, or any other structure for the purpose of camping, except on any area which may be set apart and indicated by a notice as a place where camping is permitted.
 

Games

14. No person shall on the land play or practise any game, sport or activity to the danger of other users of the land.
 
Horse Riding

15.      (1) No person shall on the land intentionally or negligently ride a horse to the danger of any other person using the land.

(2) No person shall ride a horse on any of the land except in any area where a notice exhibited by the Council permits riding, or where a statutory bridleway exists.

Grazing

16. No person shall, without the consent of the Council, turn out or permit any animal to graze on the land.
 
Watercourses

17. No person shall knowingly cause or permit the flow of any drain or watercourse on the land to be obstructed or diverted, or open, shut or otherwise work or operate any sluice or similar apparatus on the land.

Boating

18. No person shall operate or sail on any waterway comprised in the land any boat, except in an area where a notice exhibited by the Council permit boating.

Bathing

19. No person shall, without reasonable excuse, bath or swim in any waterway comprised in the land, except in an area where a notice exhibited by the Council permits bathing and swimming.

Pollution of Waterways

20. No person shall intentionally carelessly or negligently foul or pollute any waterways comprised in the land.

Noise

21. (1) No person on the land shall, after being requested to desist by an officer of the Council, or by any person annoyed or disturbed, or by a person acting on his behalf:

(a) be shouting or singing;

(b) be playing a musical instrument; or

(c) by operating or permitting to be operated any radio, gramophone, amplifier, tape recorder or similar instrument;

(d) cause 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 on the land.

(2) This bylaw shall not apply to any person holding or taking parting any entertainment held with the consent of the Council.

Obstruction

22. No person shall on the land:

(a) intentionally obstruct any officer of the Council in the proper execution of his duties;

(b) intentionally obstruct any person carrying out an act which is necessary to the proper execution of any contract with the Council.

(c) Intentionally obstruct any other person in the proper use of the land, or behave so as to give reasonable grounds for annoyance to other persons on the land.

Savings

23. (1) An act necessary to the proper execution of his duty on the land by an officer of the Council, or any act which is necessary to the proper execution of any contract with the Council, shall not be an offence under these byelaws.

 


(2) Nothing in or done under any of the provisions of these byelaws shall in any respect prejudice or injuriously affect any public right of way through the land, or the rights of any person acting legally by virtue of some estate, right or interest in, over or affecting the land or any part thereof.
 
Penalty

24. 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.

Revocation

25. The byelaws set out in Schedule 3 are hereby revoked.