Your say on park byelaws

Published: Friday, 9 June 2023

Havering Council is asking for residents to have their say on a review of the borough’s parks byelaws.

The current byelaws were last updated in 1983.

The Council wants to hear from residents on putting these in line with how our parks are used by people today and that are relevant to the borough.

Byelaws are essentially local rules that have the force of law.

They are there to help people enjoy these spaces and also make clear that certain behaviours are not allowed, such as camping, barbecues and unauthorised events.

These changes include clauses on responsible cycling, events and activities.

They will also be updated to include any spaces left out of the existing byelaws. 

The Council is responsible for our public parks and open spaces across the borough.

The byelaws ensure those using our parks can do so safely and in respect of others. 

There are the prestigious Green Flags - the Keep Britain Tidy award of excellence - flying in 16 of the borough’s parks,

Parks continue to be places residents love to visit for wellbeing and exercise.

Councillor Ray Morgon, Leader of Havering Council said:

“These byelaws are important in helping to make our parks and open spaces safe and enjoyable for all our residents and visitors.

“We know what our parks and open spaces mean to everyone in the borough.

"We want to make sure we do all we can to help make them spaces that will be visited now and by generations to come.”

The consultation runs until Monday 31 July 2023.

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