Open Spaces Byelaws

BYELAWS MADE BY THE PARISH COUNCIL OF CHALFONT ST. PETER UNDER SECTION 15 OF THE OPEN SPACES ACT (1906)

l. Throughout these byelaws the expression “the Council” means the Parish Council of Chalfont St. Peter and the expression “the ground” means St. Peter’s Garden.

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

3. A person shall not wilfully, carelessly, or negligently soil or define any wall or fence in or enclosing the ground, or any building, barrier, railing, post or seat or any memorial, erection or ornament on the ground.

4. A person shall not except in pursuance of a lawful agreement with the Council, or otherwise in the exercise of any lawful right or privilege bring or cause to be brought on to the ground any beast of draught or burden or any cattle, sheep, goats or pigs.

4A A person shall not cause or suffer any dog belonging to him or in his charge to enter or remain on the ground.

5.(i) A person shall not except in the exercise of any lawful right or privilege bring or cause to be bought on to the ground any barrow, truck, machine or vehicle other than –
(a) a wheeled bicycle or other similar machine
(b) a wheelchair or perambulator, drawn or propelled by hand and used solely for the
conveyance of a child or children or an invalid.
(ii) A person shall not except in the exercise of any lawful right or privilege ride any bicycle, tricycle, or other similar machine on any part of the ground.

6. A person shall not affix any bill, placard, or notice to or upon any tree, or to or upon any part of any building, seat or other erection on the ground.

7. A person shall not except with the consent of the Council erect any post, rail, fence, pole, tent, booth, stand, building or other structure on the ground.

8. A person shall not in the ground play or take part in any ball game.

9. A person shall not hold or take part in any religious, political or other public meeting, or deliver any public address or take part in any public address or discussion within the ground.

10.A person shall not hold any exhibition, pageant or production of music or drama within the ground without the consent of the Council.

ll. A person shall not on the ground wilfully obstruct, disturb, interrupt, or annoy any other person in the proper use of the ground or wilfully obstruct, disturb or interrupt any officer of the Council in the proper execution of his duty, or any person or servant of any person employed by the Council in the proper execution of his duty.

12.The ground shall be opened at the hour of 6.30 in the forenoon of every day and shall be closed one hour after sunset of every day throughout the year. Provided always that this byelaw shall not be deemed to require the ground to be opened and closed at the hours herein before prescribed on any day when, in pursuance of any statutory provision on that behalf, the Council close the ground to the public.

13. On any day on which the ground is open to the public a person shall not enter it before the time or enter or remaining after the time appointed in the foregoing byelaw.

14.Every person who shall offend against any of the foregoing byelaws shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds.

15.Every person who shall infringe any byelaw for the regulation of the ground may be removed therefrom by any officer of the Council or by any constable , in any one of the several cases hereinafter specified, that is to say –
(i) Where the infraction of the byelaw is committed within the view of such an officer or constable, and the name and residence of the person infringing the byelaw are unknown to and cannot be readily ascertained by such officer or constable.
(ii)Where the infraction of the byelaw is committed within the view of such officer or constable, and from the nature of such infraction, or from any other fact of which such officer or constable may have knowledge, or of which he may be credibly informed, there may be reasonable ground for believe that the continuance on the ground of the person infringing the byelaw may result in another infraction of the byelaw, or that the removal of such a person from the ground is otherwise necessary as a security for the proper use and regulation hereof.

Given under our hands and seals this twenty sixth of July 1976..

Signed Brenda Wickham
Signed Douglas R. Jones Members of the Chalfont St. Peter Parish Council

The Foregoing byelaws are hereby confirmed by the Sec. of State and shall come into operation on the first day of November 1976.

Signed by the authority of the Sec. of State R.F.D. Shuffery, An Asst. Under Sec. of State, Home Office, Whitehall, October 5th 1976.