Tackling bad behaviour on Common

January 28 2016
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Tackling bad behaviour on Common

HORFIELD Common is one of Bristol’s parks where the council would like to implement a new set of 24 byelaws.

The byelaws will enable the council and partners to tackle nuisance and other antisocial behaviour that adversely affects the enjoyment and safe use of the city’s green spaces. They will address issues like barbecues being placed directly on grass thereby killing off the roots, cyclists who endanger other parks users by their behaviour and people taking plants from parks shrub beds.

The existing byelaws date from Victorian times and apply to just 25 of Bristol’s parks.

In a period from 2011 to 2013 the Council and the police received a total of 3,157 complaints about nuisance in 212 local parks. The advantage of using byelaws as opposed to other approaches is that they allow nuisance behaviour to be addressed immediately. Public consultation in 2013 showed 77% of respondents were in favour of revised byelaws, indicating that the council should actively manage the use of, and control behaviours in the parks.

A consultation to get residents views on designating areas for certain activities is open until March 20. To fill out the survey visit: https://bristol.citizenspace.com/place/parks-byelaws

For more information contact parksbyelaws@bristol.gov.uk People without access to the internet can request a paper copy of the consultation information and survey by telephoning 0117 9223719.