OVINGTON SQUARE GARDEN BYE-LAWS

 

These bye-laws have been approved by the Ovington Square Garden Committee and Judge of Blackfriars Crown Court.

  

1. AUTHORITY

 

These bye-laws are made by the Ovington Square Garden Committee under the statutory authority given to it by The Kensington Improvement Act 1851 ("the Act"). They apply to anyone using Ovington Square garden ("the Garden"). Anyone contravening them is liable to penalties under the Act.

 

2. OVINGTON SQUARE GARDEN COMMITTEE

 

2.1. Under the Act, the Ovington Square Garden Committee is the legal owner of all trees, shrubs, other plants and structures in the Garden, as well as of the railings and gates enclosing it and of all keys to the gates.

 

2.2. The Ovington Square Garden Committee has, in accordance with the Act, appointed a Sub-Committee ("the Committee") which has exclusive responsibility for the care management and regulation of the Garden.

 

3. ACCESS

The Garden is private property. The right of entry and use of the Garden is reserved to Authorised Users who are occupiers of houses in Ovington Square (which excludes lodgers and tenants of furnished flats or houses let to them for less than a year) the owner of Ovington Square persons to whom the owner of Ovington Square grants a right of access to the Garden persons by whom furnished houses in Ovington Square are let The Committee may as and when it thinks fit require production of evidence that a user is an Authorised User.

 

The Committee may grant access to anyone else who sends a written request for permission to the Honorary Secretary of the Committee. The Committee may grant or refuse such a request in its absolute discretion.

 

Where a company is an Authorised User, the company may permit not more than three people to use the Garden at any one time.

 

4. KEYS

 

The Committee will on request supply a key to the Garden to every authorised user in return for a deposit of an amount decided by the Committee. The key must be returned to the Committee as soon as the user ceases to be entitled to access to the Garden. Upon the return of the key, the Committee will repay the original deposit to the user.

5. DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS

 

Dogs and other animals, excluding registered guide or assistance dogs, are not allowed in the Garden.

 

6. CHILDREN

 

Authorised users may bring children into the Garden. They are responsible for the behaviour of the children. If any member of the Committee considers that a child is behaving in a way which may cause damage to any part of the Garden or amount to a breach of any of these bye-laws, the member of the Committee may require the child to leave the Garden immediately and not return to it.

 

7. PARTIES

 

Parties may not be held in the Garden except with written permission from the Committee, which may grant or refuse permission in its absolute discretion.

 

8. DAMAGE TO PLANTS

 

No flowers may be picked and no plants or shrubs may be touched, except with permission from a member of the Garden Committee. No damage may be caused to trees, grass or garden properties.

 

9. LITTER

 

No rubbish or litter of any kind may be left in the Garden except in a bin provided for the purpose.

 

10. OTHER ACTIVITIES

 

The following other activities are prohibited in the Garden:

  1. Wilfully interfering with the comfort or convenience of any other user

  2. Climbing trees, railings or structures of any kind.

  3. Playing any game or engaging in any form of sport or exercise after being requested by a member of the Committee not to do so.

  4. Using any mechanical toy or model.

  5. Behaving or being clothed in any manner reasonably likely to offend against public decency.

  6. Going on any enclosure, flower bed or shrubbery.

  7. Going on any lawn, access to which is prohibited by notice.

  8. Placing any notice, advertisement or other written or pictorial matter, or conducting any display, performance or representation.

  9. Playing a musical instrument.

  10. Using any mobile phone, radio or recording device in a way audible to other users of the Garden

  11. Erecting or using any apparatus for the transmission, reception, reproduction or amplification of sounds, speech or images by electrical or mechanical means, except apparatus designed and used as an aid to defective hearing.

  12. Making a fire or discharging a firework.

  13. Making or causing or permitting to be made any noise capable of disturbing the occupiers of any house in Ovington Square.

  14. Causing or permitting any visitor to infringe any of these bye­ laws.

  15. Bringing into the Garden any bicycle, tricycle, roller-skate, rollerblade or wheeled vehicle other than a child's pram or invalid chair.

  16. Using any ball or other projectile.

  17. Leaving unlocked any gate into the Garden.

  18. Tampering with any water-tap, hose-pipe or garden implement.

  19. Interfering with any receptacle or stack for or of gardening materials, garden refuse, compost or litter.

 

11. CLOSURE

 

The Committee may close the Garden for limited periods upon giving notice to authorised users if it considers it necessary for renovating or maintaining the Garden. During any such period of temporary closure, no one may enter the Garden without the consent of the Garden Committee.

 

 

APPROVED BY A RESOLUTION OF THE OVINGTON SQUARE GARDEN COMMITTEE AT A MEETING HELD ON