ePetition - Enforce BBQ ban on Hove Lawns

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Enforce BBQ ban on Hove Lawns

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to to get together with the Police urgently to organise a way forward which will put a stop to the BBQ damage and desecration of Hove Lawns. The Council says the police should enforce the by-laws. The police say it is the Council's responsibility. Meanwhile 'Hove Lawns' along the seafront in Hove are damaged by large numbers of people having BBQs on The Lawns every summer.

This has long been a thorn in the side of the Hove community, and with little or no policing, there seems no end to this practise. Despite constant correspondence between the Council and the Police, we are no nearer gaining support from either to notify those BBQing that you can use the beach after 6pm, but you can't desecrate the lawns.

This ePetition ran from 29/06/2010 to 14/07/2010 and has now finished.

107 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

The Cabinet Member for Environment gave the following response on 26 July 2010:

Seafront officers enforce the bylaws, including those which apply to barbeques, across the whole of our 13km stretch of seafront.

In the summer months from 11.30am – 7.00pm dedicated officers carry out patrols of the beaches from Hove Lagoon to the Peace Statue including Hove Lawns. The team endeavour to ensure they make contact with any group or individual who BBQ on the lawns.

There has never been any question that the Seafront team are not responsible for enforcing this by-law, however, it is not possible for the team to dedicate all their time to Hove Lawns. Their priority has to be responding to calls of an urgent nature and supporting the beach lifeguard service along with dealing with vulnerable adults and children.

The Seafront officers do not have the power to fine people, only the Police can issue fixed penalty notices. The Seafront team work closely with the Police and organise Seafront Action Days to tackle the problems together. The next one of these is planned for July and the team will certainly ensure that the lawns are patrolled with the Police.

Often these BBQs are taking place after 7.00pm when the Seafront team are no longer on duty. At this time if a BBQ is causing an annoyance or distress then it should be reported to the Police who will respond accordingly.”


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