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19th Aug, 2022

Motorcycles could be banned from Waterside after by-law review

A REVISION of historic by-laws could prompt a crackdown on rules around motorbike parking and other activities in Stratford.

Stratford District Council is considering a draft by-law which updates and reinforces rules relating to Bancroft Gardens, The Tramway and The Recreation Ground.

Plans to update the by-laws, which include banning parking along Waterside and Bancroft Gardens, followed safety concerns raised by former mayor Cyril Bennis about the gatherings of motorcyclists who park up on the pedestrianised area.

Last year it was decided the rules – first introduced in 1901 – were no longer effective and in need of a revision.

A draft by-law has been drawn up and if approved, could ban bikers from parking along the walkway – which riders argue is an attraction for both townspeople and visitors – but an allocated area may be provided.

Activities in the Recreation Ground, such as ball games, cycling and playing music could also be subject to tighter rules.

Excessive noise, tree climbing, cycling, except on a designated path, and ball games which cause danger or annoy others could result in a fine.

And other activities including yarn bombing, flying drones, overnight parking and fishing would need to be cleared with the council.

It also bans the use of sky lanterns which have prompted safety concerns in recent years following a number of fires.

The draft by-laws were approved – subject to slight changes yet to be confirmed – and further discussion is set to take place later in the year.

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