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Bylaws

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 29 April 2003, Official Report, column 332W, on bylaws, which local government authorities have applications for bylaws outstanding; how many outstanding applications there are per local government authority; what the content is of outstanding applications received by the Department of Environment from local government authorities requesting permission to invoke new bylaws in the past 10 years; when they were received by the Department of Environment; what action has been taken towards granting permission on each separate application; how many of these applications are within the power of the Department to confirm; and when local government authorities are notified that an application has not been successful. [113573]

In total 12 applications to the Department of Environment from eight district councils for the confirmation of bylaws are currently outstanding. The number of outstanding applications by district council is set out in the table together with the broad content of each application and the date received.

Action has been taken on all applications and these have been the subject of extensive correspondence and discussion involving district councils and legal advisers for local and central government. Each application is currently at a different stage of consideration.

District council

Number of bylaw applications

Broad content

1

Date received

Ards4Pleasure Grounds, Public Walks and Open Spaces; Seashores, Esplanades and Promenades; Good Rule and Government—Miscellaneous; Good Rule and Government—Car Parks16 March 1994
Carrickfergus1Pleasure Grounds, Public Walks and Open Spaces15 May 2001
Craigavon1Pleasure Grounds, Public Walks and Open Spaces5 August 1996
Castlereagh1Pleasure Grounds, Public Walks and Open Spaces28 June 2002
Coleraine1Seashores, Esplanades and Promenades29 April 1998
Down1Seashores, Esplanades and Promenades14 September 1998
Lisburn1Good Rule and Government14 August 2000
North Down2Seashores, Esplanades and Promenades2 December 1994
Pleasure Grounds, Public Walks and Open Spaces18 January 2002
TOTAL12

1 There are 8 model sets of Home Office bylaws. The current applications fall within three of the models, as follows:

"Pleasure Grounds, Public Walks and Open Spaces" includes bylaws for the regulation and management of playgrounds; control of certain sports; protection of flora and fauna; and skateboarding and roller skating.
"Seashores, Esplanades and Promenades" includes bylaws for the control of public meetings; animals; vehicles; games and entry to public conveniences.
"Good Rule and Government" includes bylaws for the control of noise; reckless/wilful damage; games near streets and district council car parks.

All 12 applications are within the power of the Department to confirm and in four cases joint confirmation with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is required. The Department of Environment has not notified any district council during the period that its application has not been successful.