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Thumbs up for swine – but down for marching armies

Wednesday April 6 marks the beginning of a new era for Lambeth parks and open spaces when new bylaws come into force. It will no longer be an offence for swine to roam the boroughs commons, but marching armies will not be allowed to camp there. Similarly you won’t get into hot water for sorting out your rags and bones or training your whippet. These are issues that were covered in the original bylaws of 1932. The new rules will cover a range of more contemporary issues.

The new rules – which are displayed on signs at key locations in parks and greenspaces – contain information on a range of actives and issues including:

  • Children’s playgrounds, paddling pools and play equipment
  • Travel and transport, including the use of cycles, horses and motor vehicles
  • Sports activities like fishing, field sports and ball games such as football, tennis or cricket
  • Recreational pursuits like kite and model aircraft flying, metal detectors or boats
  • Public shows and performances, including trading and the sale of goods
  • Prevention of possible damage from things like bonfires, fireworks, parking or camping.

Cllr. Clare Whelan, executive member for environment comments; “Lambeth has some amazing parks and greenspaces that we should be proud of. The bylaws are there to help make visits enjoyable and safe”.

People found breaking the new rules will in the first instance be ‘informally cautioned’ by a council or police officer. Education and persuasion is the first line of action that the council will take where the new bylaws are broken. Persistent offenders could however find face legal action and a £500 fine.

If you want to find out more or to obtain a copy of the Lambeth and Open Spaces Bylaws (available in a range of languages or special format) or to report a breach of the bylaws telephone 020 7926 9000, email parks@lambeth.gov.uk, or write to Lambeth Parks, 4th Floor Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Rd, London SW9 9SP, or visit the Lambeth Council website on http://www.lambeth.gov.uk

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