Proposed new park byelaws

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Why change them? 

We are proposing to bring the byelaws for our parks and open spaces up to date. 

The current byelaws were made in 1983 and now only include one quarter of Ipswich parks and open spaces. Replacing them will see more locations protected and more activities regulated, addressing a variety of visitor concerns including anti-social behaviour, the environment, and wildlife. 

The draft byelaws are based on the model byelaws provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) that relate to the use of parks and open spaces. We have made some amendments which will reflect the local use of those areas. 

The draft byelaws will help local people understand what activities and behaviours can or cannot be undertaken in parks and open spaces, so everyone can enjoy them. The proposed byelaws will also clarify the responsibilities of council officers when managing and controlling the grounds. 

Consultation documents:

Regulatory statement 

The council has undertaken a Regulatory Assessment of the proposed byelaw as part of the consultation process and has submitted the application to the MHCLG for approval.

Read more about the byelaw process as set out by MHCLG

Statement of assessment

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Parks & Cemeteries,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3E Grafton House,
15 - 17 Russell Road,

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01473 432000