Village Greens: By-laws for village greens, commons and open spaces
By-laws are rules made by a local authority or certain other public bodies under an enabling Act of Parliament, for the regulation, administration or management of a specific area. They are binding on all those who come within their scope. By-laws can be made to cover anti-social acts which have been committed and are likely to be repeated but which cannot be dealt with, or which are difficult to deal with, under the general criminal law, notably the Criminal Damage Act 1971. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 contains provisions for the making of by-laws regulating public rights of access and, the appointment of wardens, and for the erection and maintenance of notices indicating boundaries of access and any exclusions or restrictions (s17, 18, 19 and 14(4)).