Park byelaws consultation

Residents of Tower Hamlets have the chance to give their view on plans to introduce new byelaws to protect parks and open spaces.

Tower Hamlets Council’s existing byelaws date back to the 1930s, which means many of them are now out of date and do not apply to all parks and open spaces.

The council is proposing new byelaws for the borough to help manage all of its open spaces more effectively, ensuring all residents and visitors are equally able to enjoy and make use of them.

The council’s byelaws are based on Model Byelaws published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), and they have been given provisional approval by DCLG.

Byelaws are local laws designed to address potential problems in a way that complements rather than duplicates existing legislation. Some problem behaviours are not covered by the new byelaws, for example dog fouling. This is because there is significant primary legislation which enables enforcement in these areas.

The proposed new byelaws and a list of all the areas covered will be available to view and comment on from January 21.

An electronic copy of the byelaws is available to view here (pdf 518 kb) Hard copies of the byelaws will be open to inspection, without payment, on any weekday during the usual office hours at Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BG until February 25. Please email parks@towerhamlets.gov.uk to arrange a viewing.

Copies of the byelaws will also be supplied on receipt of an application.

Copies will also be available for viewing at the following Idea Stores during their usual opening hours:

Idea Store Whitechapel       319-321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU

Idea Store Bow                    1 Gladstone Place, Roman Road, London E3 5ES

Idea Store Chrisp Street      1 Vesey Path, East India Dock Road, London E14 6BT

Idea Store Canary Wharf    Unit 1a Churchill Place, London E14 5RB

Any objection to the application for the confirmation of the byelaws may be made by letter addressed to Department for Communities and Local Government Byelaws Section, 3/J1 Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU or email byelaws@communities.gov.uk (no later than one week after the closing date for inspection) before the byelaws are confirmed.