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6th Jul, 2022

Consultation on revised historic by-laws in Stratford coming to an end

RESIDENTS are running out of time to have their say on a revision of historic by-laws which could affect motorbike parking and other activities in Stratford town town.

Last year Stratford District Council (SDC) reviewed the by-laws – introduced in 1901 – which relate to Bancroft Gardens, The Tramway and The Recreation Ground.

The review was prompted by safety concerns raised by former mayor Cyril Bennis about the regular gatherings of motorcyclists who park on the paved area on Waterside.

Historically, parking on the pedestrianised areas was prohibited but bikers – who have had been doing so for years – argued the spectacle was welcomed by tourists and residents.

Following the review, it was decided the rules were no longer effective and SDC drafted an updated version.

A consultation was launched to allow residents to have their say on the revision and will come to an end on Friday January 31.

The new by-laws could see an allocated site for motorcyclists, rather than their regular spot on Waterside, along with tighter rules around ball games, cycling and excessive noise.

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

Visit stratford.gov.uk/environment/proposed-new-byelaw.cfm for more information and to comment.

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