The Assistant Director,
Environment and Place submitted a report to Cabinet to outline the
procedure for approval of byelaws for Local Nature Reserves in the
Borough of Hastings.
Byelaws are a way of
safeguarding nature reserves from damage. The proposed byelaws aim
to bring all our nature reserves under one set of consistent
byelaws together with their current boundaries.
There are eight Local Nature
Reserves (LNRs) in the borough; Hastings Country Park Nature
Reserve, Pondswood Nature Reserve,
Churchwood and Robsack Wood Nature Reserve, Summerfields Wood, Marline Valley Nature Reserve,
Filsham Reedbeds Nature Reserve, Old
Roar Gill and Coronation Wood Nature Reserve and St. Helens Woods
Nature Reserve. Seven of the reserves are
owned by Hastings Borough Council. St Helens Woods are owned by the
St Helens Park Preservation Society.
Four Local Nature Reserves
currently have byelaws; Filsham
Reedbeds which were made by Hastings Borough Council on 25th July
1983; Hastings Country Park, made on 28th June 1974; Marline Woods,
made on 12th February 1993 and St Helens Wood on 31st March 1994.
These will be revoked and replaced by the new draft set of
Under rule 13.3 the
recommendations of the report were agreed without being called for
To recommend to Full Council that the
following byelaws are made, Filsham
Reedbeds Nature Reserve, Marline Valley Nature Reserve, Hastings
Country Park Nature Reserve, St Helens Wood Nature Reserve, Church
Wood and Robsack Local Nature Reserve,
Summerfields Nature Reserve and Old
Road Gill Nature Reserve
Following Cabinet and Full Council
approval to make the byelaws, delegate to the Chief Legal Officer
responsibility for following due legal process as outlined by the
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for confirmation
of the byelaws for Local Nature Reserves.
Local Authorities can create
Local Nature Reserve byelaws to help stop people damaging the
reserve and harming its wildlife. Adopting byelaws will help the
council safeguard the reserves from damage.