…and sitting very, very still, in silence, and not doing anything that might cause ‘a nuisance’ at any time, to anyone:
Metal detectors, model aeroplanes and golf could be banned under plans to enforce killjoy bylaws aimed at stamping out antisocial behaviour.
They seem more aimed at stamping out enjoyment of anything, frankly.
Visitors to Wick Country Park, Tresco Way, Wickford, would also be prevented from flying kites in a dangerous manner, camping and lighting fires under the plans to introduce stringent rules to protect the park from activities which may cause a nuisance.
Just what can you still do, under all these proposed restrictions?
If the Basildon Council proposals are given the go ahead by the Government, council workers and police officers will have the power to issue fines to people flouting the rules.
Ah. So, it’s all a revenue-raising exercise, really…
But maybe there really has been a rash of complaints of perilous kite-flying and hazardous metal-detecting in Basildon Parks, lately?
Marcus Hotten, Basildon Council’s countryside manager, said: “While reports of antisocial behaviour at the park are relatively low, bylaws offer the council another way of ensuring vital assets, such as the Wick Country Park, can be enjoyed by all.”
I can’t see how, other than by sitting quietly in a vacant space. That might be your idea of enjoyment, but it isn’t anyone else’s…
The bylaws protect wildlife by banning people from killing, injuring or disturbing animals or fish – with the exception of fishing authorised by the council.
Don’t we already have laws covering this?
Some users believe the laws go too far.
Helen Taylor, 43, of Swan Lane, Wickford, regularly visits the park with her three children.She said: “I think some of the bylaws are good, like stopping people from camping or making a noise, but some of them seem a bit ridiculous. I don’t see how metal detectors or model aeroplanes would cause much trouble.”
No, no, no, Helen! It’s called a ‘slippery slope’ for a reason. Ban camping and ‘noisy enjoyment’, and you’ve opened a door to ban everything else, too.
People can give their views on the measures.Copies are available to view at the main reception of the Basildon Centre in St Martin’s Square, until August 8.
Get with the program, Basildon Council! This is 2011. Put this stuff on the web so people can access it without having to go there.
Or do you not really want consultation after all?