New regulations will ban leisure activities on Bancroft Gardens, the Rec and the Tramway in Stratford

NEW regulations to control a wide range of activities could soon come into force on Bancroft Gardens, the Rec and the Tramway in Stratford.

This could see bans on lighting sky lanterns, cycling, bathing, playing ball games and launching missiles; and he might also see motorcycles being prevented from parking on certain areas of Waterside.

The proposed regulations will replace existing regulations which date back to the turn of the last century and are no longer considered fit for purpose as they do not reflect ‘modern society’ or cover gadgets that people may use for recreation, such as fly drones and model airplanes.

The changes were discussed by Stratford District Council last Friday.

View of Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo: Mark Williamson.

Also this week, following the meeting, the council’s regulation committee released an update on the status of the regulations, including what was happening with motorcycles.

The purpose of the bylaws, according to the council, is to enable it to manage Bancroft Gardens, Rec and Tramway more effectively and to enable the public to understand what they can and cannot do so that everyone can enjoy all three areas.

Once the council’s regulatory committee approves the bylaws, they will be sent for further approval to the Secretary of State for Upgrading, Housing and Communities.

Cllr Ian Shenton, Climate Change Portfolio Holder, said: “The current regulations are outdated and no longer suitable. The proposed new statutes reflect today’s modern society. Having a new set of rules makes it easier for the public to understand and manage the area more efficiently. »

Details on some of the proposed settlements are as follows:

Camping: No person shall, without the consent of council, erect a tent or use a vehicle, trailer or any other structure for the purpose of camping on the land, except in an area designated for camping.

Fires and Sky Lanterns: It is prohibited to light a fire, place, throw or drop a lighted match or anything else likely to cause a fire or release a lighted sky lantern.

Missiles: No person shall throw or propel any device onto the pitch that is likely to injure another person, including javelins, discs or hammers.

Cycling: No person shall, without a reasonable excuse, ride a bicycle on the land, except in any part of the land where there is a right of way for cycles or on a designated route for cycling. No one may, except in the exercise of a lawful right or privilege, ride a bicycle on the tramway bridge.

Skateboard: No one should skate, slide or roll on roller skates, skateboards (including electric skateboards) or other self-propelled vehicles.

Ball Games: No ball games on the course so as to: (a) exclude non-ball game players from the use of this part; (b) in such a way as to cause danger or give reasonable cause to interfere with any other person on the course. No person shall throw or strike a cricket ball with a bat except in a designated area on the pitch for playing cricket.

Swimming: No swimming without reasonable excuse in any watercourse in the Park.

The council added that the regulations will be clearly posted and their enforcement carried out by a council officer or the police.

In an update on what is happening with the motorcycles, a council spokesperson said:

“Motorcycle parking falls into two groups of parking, namely those parked either on the sidewalk abutting Waterside or on the rear edge of the promenade parallel to the sidewalk.

“In relation to motorbikes parked on the pavement adjacent to Waterside, this area is maintained at state expense and therefore under the control and enforcement powers of Warwickshire County Council as the road authority. Thus, this draft by-law does not allow the district council to authorize the parking of motorcycles in this area.

“For motorcycles parked at the rear of the promenade, this is an area under the control of the District Council, however the proposed by-law, if upheld, does not automatically allow parking on the walk. The proposed bylaw allows the District Council to designate an area on the land (but presumably on Bancroft Gardens where parking is officially sought) if an assessment finds it safe to do so. This assessment will be reviewed at the appropriate time.

The Secretary of State has 30 days from receipt of the council’s submission to either confirm the request (with or without modifications), acknowledge receipt of the submission with a response, or deny the request.

Sally J. Minick