New park by-laws ban range of activities from singing to fires

By-laws will be introduced to ban loud singing, games, swimming and kites being flown at Bestwood Country Park, Nottinghamshire.

The move was approved by councillors at a meeting of Nottinghamshire County Council last week under the Countryside Act 1968 powers and will now be sent to central Government for confirmation.

The by-laws also ban the take-off or landing of aircraft and hot-air balloons, fires, camping, erection of structures, use of missiles and putting on of ‘shows’,  unless the council has granted an exception.

The noise restrictions include shouting or singing, playing a radio or recorded music or a musical instrument or making any noise which would be a disturbance.

New rules also seek to avoid park users intentionally or non-intentionally polluting the waterways, to protect wildlife and to ban people from taking away plants, turf or substrates from the park.

The need for by-laws was discussed at meetings of the Bestwood Development Group, an informal group of park users and other interested parties, according to council documents.

Not everyone who attended thought the new powers were necessary, with some suggesting adopting a voluntary code of behaviour.

However park managers said that such a code gave them little power to counter nuisance behaviour.

The majority of Bestwood Country Park is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council’s country parks service with a smaller section managed by Gedling Borough Council.

There were previously no by-laws in force in the park although other country parks and nature reserves under council control did so.

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