Council reassures locals over parks picture ban fear

A council has been forced to quell fears people will be banned from taking pictures in public parks.

Worried locals took to social networking sites to voice anger when Inverclyde Council launched a consultation on its park management policy.

A clause covering photography insisted nobody was to take any photographs for publication or commercial use without "express written permission".

Locals feared they would no longer be allowed to take pictures of their loved ones in parks or of scenic shots for use social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

However a council spokesman said: "We have never considered banning photography. The rules, if agreed, would set out some clear guidelines on how the parks should be used.

"They would would give our park staff some back-up for the very few occasions when there is a problem. It is not about punishing anyone or interfering with people's fun.

"We are not banning people taking pictures. But, if you are causing a nuisance to other park users or you are a commercial company and roll up with vans and a crew and start taking over a big chunk of the park, then the rules give us a bit of back up to manage the situation."

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