Fine for those in breach of bylaw

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Acting up, playing ball games or advertising a car for sale on Newton Village Green could net you a hefty fine.

The parish council has just toughened up the terms of a bylaw, which prohibits anti-social behaviour on the green.

It includes the car park at the Saracens pub and the lay-by close to the golf club. Those found in breach of the rules could be forced to pay up to £500.

Parish council clerk Dave Crimmin said the bylaw had been updated to act as a greater deterrent.

“We have had issues with cars being advertised for sale on the green and some anti-social behaviour,” he said.

“That has been the trigger. We always thought the lay-by was under the jurisdiction of the highways department but we found out it had not been adopted and is part of the village green.”

Under the previous terms, the maximum fine for any wrongdoing was £20.

Mr Crimmin said the changes had taken more than six months to be brought in, and had been fully supported by members of the council.

“When the maximum fine was £20, people could just laugh at you and it was not taken too seriously,” he said.

“There is a whole list of activities that come under the bylaw, including various games, and it stops cars being parked for sale and protects wildlife and other structures.”

Despite the changes, Mr Crimmin said he hoped the bylaw would not have to be called upon regularly.

“The council decided to look at it, although we have not had to use it a lot,” he said. “It should stand the test of time and our hope is that it is respected.”