Development of new byelaws for parks and green spaces.

Closed 13 Sep 2013

Opened 7 Jun 2013

Feedback expected 11 Oct 2013

Results Updated 18 Jan 2016

Parks Byelaws – how we have responded to the 2013 consultation

In 2013 the council held a consultation on the introduction of byelaws to Bristol’s parks and green spaces.  The idea behind byelaws is to improve the enjoyment of parks and green spaces for everyone, by deterring anti-social or nuisance behaviour.

 967 responses were received to this consultation.

The majority of those responding (77%) were in favour of introducing byelaws stating that it would, for example; make parks and green spaces better for everyone to enjoy, make them safer, cleaner and more family friendly, as well as protecting the environment and deterring people from misusing our parks.

However, the council also picked up the concerns expressed in the consultation about the extent of the byelaws; to what degree the byelaws would be enforced and whether it was too heavy handed an approach.  Concerns were also raised that the byelaws would adversely affect people taking part in everyday activities in a responsible way, restricting enjoyment of parks and green spaces as places to play, socialise and take exercise.

There were also queries related to why certain issues weren’t going to be covered by byelaws, but which caused significant problems for some people.  These included dogs off leads and dog fouling, and anti-social behaviour linked to misuse of alcohol and drugs.  These issues are recognised as causing concern but they are already covered by other legislation and the council and police have powers to address these issues already. There is no need for further byelaws.

Taking on board the feedback received, the council, in discussion with the police, have spent some time considering a way forward to address some of the issues that do cause a nuisance whilst not introducing unenforceable or overly restrictive byelaws.

The result of this review is that the new byelaw proposals cover fewer activities but ones that need some control.  A further consultation will look at designating areas for some activities to ensure that the byelaws apply in the most appropriate places.

See the document below for specific changes that have been made as a result of consultation.



Byelaws are local laws which are made by a statutory body, such as a local authority, under an enabling power established by an Act of Parliament.  

Bristol City Council, in partnership with local communities and agencies such as the police want everyone in the city to be able to use and enjoy our parks and green spaces. We want people to have the freedom to use parks and green spaces and to feel safe in doing so. Sometimes, to ensure everyone’s enjoyment and safety, we will need to tackle anti-social and nuisance behaviour. This is why we are considering introducing new byelaws.

Why We Are Consulting

We want to find out whether you have experience of anti-social behaviours in parks and green spaces and what issues you think the byelaws should cover.


What Happens Next

We will consider responses to the consultation.  
We will draft a set of byelaws based on the model ones from DCLG but choosing those that meet the needs of Bristol.  
DCLG review our draft and our reasoning from a technical and policy point of view. They are not keen on a disproportionate impact on civil liberties and/or local businesses.
Once approval has been received from DCLG Full Council can resolve to adopt the byelaws. After this the byelaws are sealed by duly authorised officers.
New byelaws will be advertised in local newspapers. If objections are received they are sent to the DCLG who send a copy to us. We can address problems or objections before applying to have the byelaws confirmed.
Byelaws submitted to DCLG/ Secretary of State - December 2013
Byelaws potentially in place January 2014


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