Ipswich Borough Council consults on park byelaws

Published3rd August 2021

Ipswich Borough Council is inviting residents to have their say on proposed new park byelaws that will see more of Ipswich’s parks and open spaces protected.

The proposed byelaws, which are based on the model byelaws provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), 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 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.

Before the proposed byelaws can be sent to the MHCLG for approval, the Council need to consult with residents, businesses and visitors.

The consultation will run for six weeks and take place from Tuesday 3rd August to Monday 13th September.

Councillor Phil Smart, Ipswich Borough Council’s Environment portfolio holder, said: “We want our cherished parks and open spaces to be enjoyed by everyone and protected in to the future. To do that we need up to date byelaws that include all our parks and open spaces and regulate a wider range of activities that can impact on visitors and local wildlife. These are your parks and your byelaws, so we urge you to have your say and help protect them.”

You can view the proposed byelaws and have your say at www.ipswich.gov.uk/ParkByelaws