London Borough of Croydon

Click on Part 3 for details of all the parks and open spaces affected by these byelaws.

Made under Section 164 of the Public Health Act, 1875 and Section 15 of the Open Spaces Act, 1906 and Sections 12 and 15 of the Open Spaces Act, 1906 and Section 17 of the Green Belt (London and Home Counties) Act, 1938 by the Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Croydon acting by the Council with respect to the OPEN SPACES, PLEASURE GROUNDS AND GREEN BELT LAND vested in or maintained by the Council of the London Borough of Croydon.

Definitions

1. Throughout these byelaws the expression "the Council" means the Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Croydon acting by the Council; the expression "the pleasure ground" means, except where inconsistent with the context, each of the pleasure grounds and open spaces named in Parts I, II and III in the Schedule to these byelaws; the expression "Green Belt land" means each of the areas of land named in Part IV in the Schedule to these byelaws and the expression "power driven model boat" means any model boat driven by the combustion of petrol vapour or other combustible substances or by the operation of any power cell or similar thing.

2. An act necessary to the proper execution of his duty in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land by an officer of the Council, or by any person or servant of any person employed by the Council shall not be deemed an offence against these byelaws.

Damage

3. A person shall not in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land
(i) wilfully, carelessly, or negligently soil or defile any wall or fence in or enclosing the pleasure ground, or any building, barrier, railing, post or seat, or any erection or ornament;
(ii) climb any wall or fence in or enclosing the pleasure ground, or any tree, or any barrier, railing, post, or other erection;
(iii) wilfully, carelessly, or negligently remove or displace any barrier, railing, post or seat, or any part of any erection or ornament, or any implement provided for use in the laying out or maintenance of the pleasure ground or Green Belt land.

Animals

4. A person shall not bring or cause to be brought into the pleasure ground or Green Belt land any cattle, sheep, goats or pigs, or any beast of draught or burden unless, in pursuance of an agreement with the Council, or otherwise in the exercise of any lawful right or privilege, he is authorised to do so.

Horse riding

5. (i) A person shall not, except in the exercise of any lawful right or privilege, ride any horse in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land;
Provided that this byelaw shall not apply to the pleasure grounds known as Lloyd Park and Addington Hills and the pleasure ground and Green Belt land known as Happy Valley Park.
(ii) Where any part of the pleasure grounds known as Lloyd Park and Addington Hills and any part of the pleasure ground and Green Belt land known as Happy Valley Park has, by notices affixed in a conspicuous position in the pleasure grounds or Green Belt land,been set apart by the Council as a place where horse riding is permitted, a person shall not, except in the exercise of any lawful right or privilege, ride a horse in any other part of the pleasure grounds or Green Belt land.
(iii) A person shall not ride any horse in the pleasure grounds known as Lloyd Park and Addington Hills or in the pleasure ground and Green Belt land known as Happy Valley Park unless such horse be in full tack and under full and proper control.

Vehicles

6. (i) A person shall not except in the exercise of any lawful right or privilege bring or cause to be brought into the pleasure ground or Green Belt land any barrow, truck, machine or vehicle other than: -
(a) a wheeled bicycle, tricycle or other similar machine;
(b) a wheel-chair, or perambulator drawn or propelled by hand and used solely for the conveyance of a child or children;
(c) a vehicle which is an invalid carriage complying with the requirements and used in accordance with the conditions, prescribed by regulations made under Section 20 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act, 1970;
Provided that where the Council set apart a space in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land for the use of any class of vehicle, this byelaw shall not be deemed to prohibit the driving in or to that space by a direct route from the entrance to the pleasure ground or Green Belt land of any vehicle of the class for which it is set apart.
(ii) A person shall not except in the exercise of any lawful right or privilege ride any bicycle, tricycle or other similar machine in any part of the pleasure ground or Green Belt land.

Please note: Discretion is used when enforcing bylaws in regards to cycling in parks. As long as cyclists are not endangering other park users nor damaging the park then cycling is allowed.  However, the standard no-cycling bylaws will be enforced in the ornamental gardens/bowling greens.

7. A person who brings a vehicle into the pleasure ground or Green Belt land shall not wheel or station it over or upon
(i) any flower bed, shrub, or plant, or any ground in course of preparation as a flower bed, or for the growth of any tree, shrub, or plant;
(ii) any part of the pleasure ground or Green Belt land where the Council by a notice board affixed or set up in some conspicuous position in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land prohibit its being wheeled or stationed.

Notices

8. A person shall not affix any bill, placard or notice, to or upon any wall or fence in or enclosing the pleasure round or Green Belt land or to or upon any tree or plant, or to or upon any part of any building, barrier, or railing, or of any seat, or of any other erection or ornament in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land.

Areas to be avoided

9. A person shall not in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land walk, run, stand, sit, or lie upon
(i) any grass, turf, or other place where adequate notice to keep off such grass, turf or other place is exhibited;
Provided that such notice shall not apply to more than one-fifth of the area of the pleasure ground;
(ii) any flower bed, shrub, or plant, or any ground in course of preparation as a flower bed, or for the growth of any tree, shrub, or plant.

Water features and fish

10. A person shall not in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land
(i) bathe, wade, or wash, in any ornamental lake, pond, stream, or other water;
(ii) place in any ornamental lake, pond, stream or other water, except in pursuance of an agreement with the Council any passenger boat or power driven model boat;
Provided that this byelaw shall not apply to the pleasure grounds known as Bourne Park and Ashburton Park.
(iii) wilfully, carelessly, or negligently foul or pollute any such water;
(iv) take, injure, or destroy, or attempt to take, injure or destroy, any fish in any such water;
(v) take, injure, or destroy any animal or spread or use any net, or set or use any snare or other engine, instrument, or means, for the taking, injury, or destruction of any animal.

Dogs

11. A person shall not cause or suffer any dog belonging to him or in his charge to enter or remain in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land unless such dog be and continue to be under proper control, and be effectually restrained from causing annoyance to any person, and from worrying or disturbing any animal or waterfowl, and from entering any ornamental water.

Provided that a person shall not permit any dog belonging to him or in his charge to enter or remain in the following pleasure grounds: Apsley Road Children's Playground, Ashburton Park Children's Playground, Boulogne Road Children's Playground, Canterbury Road Children's, playground, Coombe Wood, Edgecoombe Children's Playground, Grangewood Children's Playground, King George's Field Children's Playground, Little Road Children's playground, Northborough Road Children's Playground, Northwood Road Children's Playground, Purley Way Children's Playground, South Croydon Children's Playground, The Lawns Children's Playground, Trumble Gardens Children's Playground.

Games and sports

12. (i) Where the Council set apart any such part of the pleasure ground or Green Belt land as may be fixed by the Council, and described in a notice board affixed or set up in some conspicuous position in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land, for the purpose of any game specified in the notice board, which, by reason of the rules or manner of playing, or for the prevention of damage, danger, or discomfort to any person in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land may necessitate, at any time during the continuance of the game, the exclusive use by the player or players of any space in such part of the pleasure ground or Green Belt land, a person shall not in any space elsewhere in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land play or take part in any game so specified in such a manner as to exclude persons not playing or taking part in the game from the use of such a space.
(ii) A person shall not in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land drive, pitch or chip a solid golf ball except in any area of the pleasure ground or Green Belt land laid out or set apart by the Council for the playing of golf, putting, or any variation of these games.

13. A person resorting to the pleasure ground or Green Belt land and playing or taking part in any game for which the exclusive use of any space in the pleasure ground or Green Belt land has been set apart shall
(i) not play on the space any game other than the game for which it is set apart;
(ii) in preparing for playing and in playing, use reasonable care to prevent undue interference with the proper use of the pleasure ground or Green Belt land by other persons;
(iii) when the space is already occupied by other players not begin to play thereon without their permission;
(iv) where the exclusive use of the space has been granted by the Council for the playing of a match, not play on that space later than a quarter of an hour before the time fixed for the beginning of the match unless he is taking part therein;
(v) except where the exclusive use of the space has been granted by the Council for the playing of a match in which he is taking part; not use the space for a longer time than two hours continuously, if any other player or players make known to him a wish to use the space.

14. A person shall not in any part of the pleasure ground or Green Belt land which may have been set apart by the Council for any game, play or take part in any game when the state of the ground or other cause makes it unfit for use and a notice is set up in some conspicuous position prohibiting play in that part of the pleasure ground or Green Belt land.

Contacts

Parks and open spaces

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