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Public Places Bylaw

The purpose is to:

  • Ensure public places are used in a manner that will not cause any obstruction, nuisance or damage, or endanger the public.
  • Ensure alcohol is consumed in a safe and responsible manner
  • Reduce harm caused by excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol

What are the perceived problems in our district?

  • Abandoned vehicles in public places affecting visual amenity
  • Fly-tipping in public places affecting visual amenity and causing a health nuisance.
  • Overgrown vegetation within or overhanging public places causing a nuisance or fire risk.
  • Vandalism and obstruction within public places.
  • Offensive behaviour from the consumption of alcohol in public places.
  • Risk to personal health and safety of beach users on public beaches from long-line fishing, animals (uncontrolled behaviour and animal faeces) and number and speed of vehicles
  • Risk to public from inappropriate use of skating devices and cycles within public places.
  • Inappropriate behaviour or the adverse effects of crowds from uncontrolled events held in public places.
  • Risk to public from electrified wire or barbed wire fences adjoining public places.
  • Risk to public safety at night by inappropriate lighting in the town centre.
  • Requirement to provide consenting process for unmanned aerial vehicles under the Civil Aviation Authority Rules effective from 1 August 2015.

The proposed Bylaw provisions are to…

  • Control vandalism in public places
  • Reduce offensive behaviour from the consumption of alcohol in public places
  • Control the inappropriate use of skating devices and cycles in public places
  • Control effects of crowds at events in public places
  • Reduce risk of harm and crime in public places

It was determined some of the perceived problems not covered in the proposed bylaw can be addressed by other legislation or education programmes.

For the full wording of the proposed Public Places Bylaw 2015 click here (1MB pdf).

Feedback closed on 30 October 2015