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Introduction to Hounslow Borough Council Byelaws

The role of byelaws is currently being revisited by the Department of Communities and Local Government as part of the local government white paper.

The Liberal Democrats are conducting a full review of Hounslow's byelaws and may propose changes over the next two years. In the meantime we would welcome your feedback on changes you think should be made.

Summary of byelaws

The full text of Hounslow's byelaws are accessible documents under the Council's Freedom of Information Act 2000 Publication Scheme. They can be requested from the Legal Services team.

Dates given in the summary below are when the Secretary of State approved the Byelaw coming into effect. It is possible that there are earlier byelaws of former councils covering the area of which the local authority has lost track and not repealed. These are currently being sought through the borough archives.

Nursing (maternity) homes byelaws (not dated)

This bye-law covers a range of records and notices maintained at nursing homes in the borough. This includes the need to keep in proper order a register of patients received into and of children born to patients in the home.

The manager of a nursing home must within twenty four hours of the death at the home of any patient send to the Council a notice in writing stating the date and hour of death and the serial number of a medical certificate stating cause of death or if this has not been given, cause of death the best of his knowledge. If an inquest is to be held within twenty-four hours of its conclusion a notice must be sent to the Council starting the date of the inquest and the cause of death as found by the coroner or jury.

Fines shall not exceed £20 and further fines of £2 for every day the offence continues after conviction.

This repealed earlier byelaws with respect to nursing homes of Middlesex County Council.

Sale of Wood Fuel byelaws (March 1966)

These byelaws relate to the sale of wood fuel of total weight above 14 lb and below 10 cwt. They state that wood fuel in a container can only be sold by net weight and that this net weight should be made known to the buyer before sale.

Hairdressers and Barbers byelaws (June 1967)

These byelaws relate to the cleanliness of a hairdresser/barber premises, equipment and employees. Generally, it requires cleaning of any hairdresser/barber premises everyday, cleaning or sterilising (if needed) of any equipment that comes into contact with customers (e.g. scissors) after every use and the general personal hygiene of each employee of the hairdresser/barber in question.

The punishment for the breaking of any of these conditions is a fine not exceeding £5.

This revoked earlier byelaws of former Feltham Urban District Council and former Brentford & Chiswick Borough Council.

Massage/Special Treatment Establishments byelaws (July 1967)

These byelaws set out the rules by which a massage parlour or similar premises must follow. They must:

ï'§ display their price list 'conspicuously' and in areas where treatment is given

ï'§ retain a copy of any advertisements/circulars issued by the establishment for 6 months after they are issued and they must be open to inspection if demanded

ï'§ record any treatments given as well as details about each employee.

ï'§ send a copy of the price list to the Council and if any prices changes are made then the revised list must also be sent to the Council.

They must not:

ï'§ distribute any advertisement saying that the Council licenses the establishment and no advertisements for the establishment are allowed in public places (except for the shop itself)

ï'§ allow indecent/immoral acts on the premises

ï'§ lock doors during any massage/special treatment

ï'§ receive any payment greater than that advertised

The penalty for breaking any of these conditions is a fine not exceeding £5 with a further fine not exceeding £2 for every day the condition is broken after the initial conviction.

This revoked earlier byelaws of former Brentford & Chiswick Borough Council.

Employment of Children Byelaws (February 1971) - Revoked with the introduction of new byelaws in December 1984

Libraries byelaws (June 1971)

These byelaws set out the rules for members of the public within a library. A person must not:

ï'§ give a false identity to use the library facilities

ï'§ bring in a dog (guide dogs allowed)

ï'§ bring in a wheeled vehicle (wheelchairs allowed)

ï'§ take a book from the library without following the proper procedure

ï'§ damage library contents (including furniture etc.)

ï'§ trace book sections without permission

ï'§ be violent/disorderly

ï'§ spit

ï'§ sleep

ï'§ speak too loudly

ï'§ disrupt other people or the librarian

ï'§ affix/post anything without permission

ï'§ sell things without permission

ï'§ lie on the floor without permission

ï'§ smoke

ï'§ eat or drink without permission

ï'§ use sound recording equipment without permission.

A person must:

ï'§ be clean and not suffering from an 'offensive disease'

ï'§ leave the library after it is closed

ï'§ return their books within the agreed borrowing time or face a fine.

The punishment for breaking any of these rules is a fine not exceeding £20 and people can be barred from the library.

This revoked earlier byelaws of former Brentford & Chiswick Borough Council and former County Council of Middlesex.

Ventilation, Lighting and Sanitary conditions in Stables byelaws (December 1971)

ï'§ Every owner of an existing stable used for accommodation of horses shall provide and maintain sufficient windows so as to provide sufficient light and ventilation. Floors must be paved and sloped to carry off liquid matter.

ï'§ The stable must at all times be kept reasonably clean and wholesome. Walls or ceiling must be thoroughly limewashed twice a year during May and October and at such other times as necessary.

ï'§ A receptacle for depositing filth must be washed with hot limewash or other disinfecting liquid at least twice a year during May or June and August or September.

Fines shall not exceed £20 and further fines of forty shillings for every day the offence continues after conviction.

This revoked former Feltham District Council byelaws.

Swimming Baths byelaws (December 1971)

These byelaws set out the rules for members of the public within swimming baths. People must not:

ï'§ enter the baths by 'forcible or improper' means

ï'§ avoid paying for their admission

ï'§ bring animals into the baths

ï'§ interfere with other people using the baths

ï'§ damage/soil any part of the baths or any equipment belonging to the baths

ï'§ use any sound broadcasting/reproduction/amplification equipment

ï'§ interfere with any Council employees at the baths

ï'§ use soap or anything else which will alter the water in the bath, must not use any equipment likely to cause injury to anyone in the baths

ï'§ enter the baths while suffering from an 'infectious or contagious' disease

ï'§ be paid for teaching swimming without written Council consent.

The punishment for breaking any of these rules is a fine not exceeding £20 and people can be barred from the swimming baths.

This revoked earlier byelaws of former Feltham Urban District Council, former Heston and Isleworth Borough Council and former Brentford and Chiswick Borough Council.

Trading in streets by licensed traders byelaws (January 1972) - repealed in October 1979 with introduction of new trading in streets byelaws

Feltham Urban District Council byelaws relating to Knackers Yards were revoked (May 1972)

Good rule and government and prevention of nuisance byelaws (May 1972)

Diverse range of byelaws preventing:

ï'§ music near houses, places of worship, and hospitals

ï'§ playing of steam or mechanical organ to the annoyance or disturbance of residents or passengers

ï'§ playing wireless sets or similar instruments in public or annoyance of occupiers in the neighbourhood

ï'§ noisy hawking

ï'§ touting or importuning to annoyance or obstruction of passengers in any street or public place

ï'§ shooting gallery, swing boat, roundabout or similar that will cause obstruction or danger to traffic

ï'§ indecent language or gesture, or commit or solicit, incite or provoke any other person to commit any indecent act

ï'§ being on a school site without permission of headteacher or their proxy

ï'§ indecent bathing unless effectively screened within 200 yards of any street or public place

ï'§ exhibiting any indecent show in any street, or public place, or in any place to which people are admitted with or without the payment of money

ï'§ any nuisance contrary to public decency or propriety

ï'§ loitering at the doors of any place of worship

ï'§ persons in charge of a dog allowing them to fouling on footway or pubic place

ï'§ carrying or conveying bags of soot, lime or other offensive substance or any pointed or edged tools or implements not properly protected

ï'§ carrying or conveying through the street or public place the undressed carcase of any animal or any offensive offal, unless properly covered

ï'§ playing tipcat or any offence or dangerous game in such a manner as to cause obstruction to traffic or danger to any person on any land adjoining a street

ï'§ spitting on the floor, side, or wall of any public carriage or of any public hall, public waiting room or place of public entertainment

ï'§ driving or leading any bull exceeding the age of twelve months (unless it be properly secured and kept under proper control) in any street or public place

ï'§ noisy animals within any house, building or premises which shall be or cause a serious nuisance to residents in the neighbourhood

ï'§ sale of contraceptives by automatic slot machines accessible on the street

ï'§ people leaving mud, clay, lime or similar on the highway if such material falls from vehicle and present danger to persons using highway or damage surface of highway

ï'§ driving or placing a vehicle on road margin of public roads (other than trunk road), laid or sown with grass.

Fines shall not exceed £20 and further fines of £2 for every day the offence continues after conviction.

This repealed a large number of earlier byelaws made by former Brentford & Chiswick and Heston & Isleworth Borough Councils.

Common Lodging Houses byelaws (October 1972)

ï'§ Prescribes the need for 40 sq ft of space for each person over ten, and 30 sq ft of space for each person under ten.

ï'§ People can live together as husband and wife as long a room is not occupied by a person above the age of ten or as a sleeping apartment for two or more married couples.

ï'§ Walls and ceilings must be lime-washed or treated in the first week of April and October of every year; yards/ forecourts must be well maintained; every floor/ room and stair must be swept at least once every day before ten and washed at least once a week; bedclothes must be removed as soon as convenient after a room has been vacated by a lodger.

ï'§ Precautions must be adopted for preventing spread of disease, complying with any special instructions from Medical Officer of Health.

ï'§ No room may be used as a sleeping apartment by more than one persons of male sex above the age of ten.

ï'§ No lodger may occupy any bed in a house within eight hours after the bed has been vacated by another person.

ï'§ Notices setting numbers of lodgers allowed and this byelaw when received from the council must be displayed conspicuously.

Fines shall not exceed £20 and further fines of £2 for every day the offence continues after conviction.

This revoked earlier byelaws of former Feltham and Chiswick Urban District Councils and former Heston and Isleworth Borough Council.

Public sanitary conveniences byelaws (February 1973)

A person who uses of enters a convenience shall not:

ï'§ avoid paying any fees due for a watercloset or wash basin

ï'§ annoy or interfere in any manner with the privacy of any other person using the convenience

ï'§ soil, write on, mark or otherwise deface any part of the convenience, or any fitting or equipment or towel

ï'§ affix any picture or printed or written matter to any part of the convenience

ï'§ leave any litter in the convenience except in a receptacle provided for the purpose

ï'§ interfere with any officer or servant of the Council in the execution of his or her duties

An act performed by an officer or servant of the Council in the execution of his duties in or about the convenience shall not constitute

Penalties shall not exceed £20.

This revoked earlier byelaws with respect to public conveniences of the former Heston & Isleworth Borough Council.

Pleasure grounds and open spaces byelaws (June 1974) - Byelaw 17 repealed and replaced in December 1976, Byelaw 13 revoked in June 1996 and all the remaining byelaws in this series revoked in May 1999

A fairly lengthy series of byelaws, now revoked, that covered behaviour in parks (pleasure grounds) and open spaces.

Includes byelaw 13 (i) and (ii) which pertains to the management of dog behaviour in parks. This is often found on signs in parks, but is of course no longer the correct reference point.

In December 1976 the byelaw numbered 17 in this series of byelaws was repealed and replaced with a new byelaw that included Stamford Brook Common alongside the existing Turnham Green Common, Bedfont Green and Feltham Green as places where permission had to be sought of the council by people aged 15 or over wanting to play cricket, football or any other game involving the use of a ball.

Museum in Gunnersbury Park byelaws (October 1977) - jointly introduced with Ealing Borough

A series of byelaws pertaining to behaviour in the Gunnersbury Park museum. Prevents a range acts including forbidding removal of museum contents, disorderly behaviour, spitting, and sleeping in the museum.

Penalties shall not exceed £20. Allows removal of a person from the museum by an officer if the contravention of the byelaws may continue.

Pleasure ground known as Gunnersbury Park byelaws (May 1978) - jointly introduced with Ealing Borough

A series of byelaws pertaining to behaviour in the Gunnersbury Park. Prevents a range acts including:

ï'§ damage to walls, fences or buildings

ï'§ bringing cattle, sheep, goats, pigs or any beast of draught or burden into the park without agreement of the Councils

ï'§ riding any bicycle, tricycle or similar machine in the park

ï'§ driving, pitching or chipping a solid golf ball (except in two areas of park set aside for this purpose)

ï'§ bathing, wading or washing in any ornamental lake, pond, stream or other water

ï'§ not managing behaviour of dogs in a person's charge

ï'§ erecting any post, rail, fence, pole, tent, booth, stand building or other structure without permission

ï'§ light any fire

ï'§ hold a meeting or deliver a public address without permission

ï'§ flying any power driven mode aircraft

Prescribes that the pleasure ground be opened at 8 o'clock in the morning and closed half and hour after sunset every day of the year.

Penalties shall not exceed £20. Allows removal of a person from the pleasure ground by an officer or constable if the contravention of the byelaws may continue.

Repealed previous byelaws relating to the pleasure ground of boroughs of Action & Ealing and Brentford & Chiswick Urban District Council.

Regulations for securing ventilation and light of rooms and protection against dampness, effluvia or exhalation (April 1979)

These regulations are to protect against dampness, effluvia or exhalation by securing proper ventilation and lighting of rooms.

They set out the need for adequate drainage, floors and walls that will resist moisture or exhalation from the ground. Window size, opening mechanisms and surrounding space must allow adequate ventilation and lighting.

Western International Market byelaws (July 1979)

This series of byelaws related largely to behaviour of tenants and occupiers of stalls on the market site.

Penalties shall not exceed £50.

Repealed previous byelaws relating to Brentford Market at Kew Bridge made by former Brentford Urban District Council and former Brentford & Chiswick Borough.

Trading in streets byelaws (September 1979)

Byelaws relate to "street traders" licensed by the Council under the Middlesex County Council Act 1956. "Receptacles" include a vehicle, stall, basket, bag, box, vessel, stand, easel, board, tray or other structure.

Street traders must prominently display their name and address on their receptacle.

Receptacles must be easily and immediately removable without the necessity of undressing the receptacle. Placement in any carriageway or footway must follow council guidelines (detailed in the byelaws). Good hygiene practices must be observed.

A licensed street trader or his assistant must immediately remove his receptacle and goods if required by an Officer of the Metropolitan Police or a duly authorised Officer of the Council in the event of an emergency or in the exercise by the Council of any of its powers and duties.

Fines shall not exceed £20 and further fines of £5 for every day the offence continues after conviction.

Repealed January 1972 byelaws on trading streets by licensed traders.

Employment of children byelaws (December 1984)

No child shall be employed in the following occupations:

ï'§ In the kitchen of any hotel, cook shop, fried fish shop, eating house, refreshment room or in the kitchen of any commercial establishment

ï'§ As a marker or attendant or assistant in any billiard or bagatelle saloon, or other place used or licensed for games, or in any registered club

ï'§ In or in connection with the sale of intoxicating liquors, except in places where such liquors are sold exclusively in sealed containers

ï'§ In collecting or sorting rags, scrap metal or refuse

ï'§ As an attendant or assistant in any premises or fairground used for the purpose of public amusement by means of automatic machines, mutoscopes, shooting ranges, games of chance or skill, or similar devices

ï'§ In any slaughterhouse

ï'§ As an attendant or assistant in any betting shop or in connection with any racing course or track or other place whether any like sport is carried on

ï'§ In any agricultural work involving heavy strain

ï'§ In or in connection with the sale or delivery of paraffin, turpentine or turpentine substitute, methylated spirit or petroleum spirit

ï'§ In touting or selling from door to door

ï'§ In window cleaning, except as part of and incidental to light housework and only then if the distance from the ground does not exceed three metres

ï'§ In any cinema, theatre, discotheque or dance hall except where performances are entirely by children

ï'§ At or in connection with any machine described as dangerous in any Order made by virtue of Section 19 of the Officers, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963

The series of byelaws includes a number of regulations:

ï'§ No child under the age of 13 shall be employed except those over 12 who may be employed by a parent or guardian in light agricultural or horticultural work

ï'§ No child shall be employed on school days except between the hours of 5pm and 7pm

ï'§ A child of 13 may be employed before school between 7am and 8am in the delivery of milk and other goods or newspapers, but shall not then be employed for more than more than one hour between 5pm and 7pm

ï'§ No child under 15 may be employed on a any Saturday or other school holiday for more than 4 hours, or before 7am or after 7pm

ï'§ A child who has attained the age of 15 may be employed on any Saturday or other school holiday for not more than 8 hours provided that he shall not be employed for more than four hours without a continuous interval of at least one hour for rest and recreation

ï'§ No child shall be employed on Sunday except in the delivery of milk or newspapers and then only for not more than two hours between the hours of 7am and 10am

ï'§ No child shall be employed in any week for more than 20 hours if he is under the age of 15 years of for more than 30 hours if he has attained the age of 15 years

No child shall be employed except under following conditions:

ï'§ Written notification must be provided to local authority

ï'§ The local authority will issue and "Employment Card" which the child must then have with them when working available for inspection

ï'§ Within fourteen days of employment and thereafter every twelve months during the course of such employment the child must obtain from a community physician a medical certificate

These byelaws shall not apply to children in the last year of their full-time education taking part in work experience schemes that have been authorised by the Education Committee of the local authority.

Employers must make sure children are appropriately dressed if working outdoors to protect them from the weather.

Penalties shall not exceed the maximum of level 3 on the standard scale.

Previous Hounslow Borough Council byelaws of February 1971 are revoked.

Hounslow Heath byelaws (August 1991)

This series of byelaws sets out a range of prohibited activities on Hounslow Heath Nature Reserve including:

ï'§ Damage to or disturbance of things in the reserve

ï'§ Bringing animals (or the egg of any living creature) into the reserve

ï'§ Polluting, bathing in, ice skating, propelling any boat or mooring on any watercourse

ï'§ Use of any vehicles

ï'§ Landing any aircraft except in case of emergency

ï'§ Use or possession of firearms

ï'§ Intentionally leaving any litter

ï'§ The shooting of any bird

Penalties shall not exceed the maximum of level 2 on the standard scale and further fines of £5 for every day the offence continues after conviction.

Dogs in parks byelaws - Volume 1 (June 1996)

Series of byelaws pertaining to:

ï'§ Prohibiting dogs from certain areas of parks and open spaces listed in schedule (this does not include all Hounslow's parks/ open spaces)

ï'§ Removal of canine faeces

ï'§ Dogs on leads

Offenders may be removed from the parks.

Penalties shall not exceed the maximum of level 2 on the standard scale by any officer of the Council of any constable.

This revoked byelaw 13 of June 1974 byelaws of Hounslow Borough Council.

Bedfont Lakes Country Parks byelaws (March 1997)

Byelaws in this series cover restrictions on:

ï'§ Vehicles

ï'§ Protection of flower beds, trees, grass, etc

ï'§ Protected areas

ï'§ Climbing

ï'§ Removal of substances

ï'§ Removal of structures

ï'§ Erection of structures

ï'§ Trading

ï'§ Tampering with life-saving equipment

ï'§ Horses

ï'§ Grazing

ï'§ Missiles

ï'§ Kites

ï'§ Skateboarding and rollerskating

ï'§ Metal detectors

ï'§ Golf

ï'§ Camping

ï'§ Fires

ï'§ Obstructing any drain or watercourse

ï'§ Pollution of waterways

ï'§ Bathing and swimming

ï'§ Operating boats or any like craft on waterway on the land

ï'§ Protection of wildlife

ï'§ Games

ï'§ Leaving gates open

ï'§ Noise

ï'§ Use of children's play apparatus advertised for under 14s

Penalties shall not exceed the maximum of level 2 on the standard scale.

Dogs in parks byelaws - Volume 2 (April 1997)

This added to the number of parks/ open spaces scheduled in volume 1, but did not include removal of canine faeces byelaw. Byelaws pertain to:

ï'§ Prohibiting dogs from certain areas of parks and open spaces listed in schedule

ï'§ Dogs on leads

Offenders may be removed from the parks by any officer of the Council of any constable.

Penalties shall not exceed the maximum of level 2 on the standard scale.

This revoked byelaw 13 of June 1974 byelaws of Hounslow Borough Council for a second time!

Pleasure grounds, public walks and open spaces byelaws (May 1999)

Byelaws in this series cover restrictions on:

ï'§ Vehicles

ï'§ Horses

ï'§ Climbing

ï'§ Removal of structures

ï'§ Erection of structures

ï'§ Camping

ï'§ Children's play areas

ï'§ Ball games

ï'§ Trading

ï'§ Grazing

ï'§ Protection of flower beds, trees, grass etc

ï'§ Removal of substances

ï'§ Games

ï'§ Golf

ï'§ Cricket

ï'§ Skateboarding and roller skating

ï'§ Missiles

ï'§ Obstructing any drain or watercourse

ï'§ Pollution of waterways

ï'§ Bathing and swimming

ï'§ Interference with life-saving equipment

ï'§ Power driven model aircraft (with the exception of special locations and times in Hanworth Park and Dukes Meadows)

ï'§ Metal detectors (can be used in some parks/ open spaces and not others)

ï'§ Fires

ï'§ Fishing and protection of wildlife

ï'§ Noise

ï'§ Public shows, exhibitions and structures

ï'§ Urinating

Penalties shall not exceed the maximum of level 2 on the standard scale.

This revoked June 1974 byelaws of Hounslow Borough Council.