Bylaws

Rules and Regulations for Parks and Open Spaces
 

The Caerphilly County Borough Council contains over 265 parks, green spaces and children’s playgrounds all of which are covered and protected by the Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Bylaws.

These Bylaws came into force on 20th January 2014 and replaced an older set of bylaws which date back to 1999.

About Bylaws

We put bylaws in place to help improve your and other people's enjoyment of Caerphilly's parks and green spaces. Bylaws are local laws designed to complement rather than replace existing laws.

Our parks and green spaces are places for all sorts of activities, like walking, sports, play, picnics and of course just relaxing. These are all positive uses of open spaces, but we need to manage and control all activities, in case they cause upset or damage to others, or the site itself. Sometimes parks and green spaces are used for activities that are unacceptable. For example, an activity might cause distress or even injury to other users, or damage council or personal property.

The bylaws allow us to monitor such activity and if necessary prevent it altogether.

We want to help make your visit an enjoyable one for you, your family and friends.

You'll also find a full set of the bylaws displayed at key locations in Caerphilly's parks and green spaces.

The bylaws contain information on how we manage a wide range of activities and issues, such as:

  • children's playgrounds, paddling pools and play equipment.
  • travel and transport, including the use of cycles, horses and motor vehicles.
  • sports activities, e.g. field sports and ball games like football, tennis or cricket.
  • recreational activities like kite and model aircraft flying, metal detectors, boats, ice skating, bathing, archery, fishing and hot air balloons.
  • public shows and performances, including trading and the sale of goods.
  • preventing possible damage from things like bonfires, fireworks, parking or camping.

Report Someone Breaking a Bylaw

Please don't attempt to take the law into your own hands - you must always let Caerphilly County Borough Council and the police deal with any offences or breach of the byelaws.

You can help us by noting carefully what you have seen, and where and when it happened.

If you feel the incident is serious enough to require the police to intervene, please phone 101 as soon as you can without your safety being compromised. You can then let us know or the police will inform us once they have responded.

If you think the incident is something the council should be dealing with please let us know.

You can call us on: 01495 235461 or email at parks@caerphilly.gov.uk

Enforcing Bylaws

Any officer of the council can enforce the bylaws, as can a police officer either if they witness someone breaking a bylaw or are informed by the public or a council officer of an offence.

If someone breaks a bylaw, a council or police officer will approach the offender(s) and explain why that activity cannot be permitted or must be controlled. We aim to inform and raise awareness, so we can avoid further offences.

If somebody fails to take notice of our advice and continues to commit the offence, then a council or police officer will take down details for use as evidence.  Action may be taken against individuals who continually breach these bylaws.