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Open Spaces Draft Various Powers Bill and supporting notes

Draft Open Spaces Bill Background Notes

Draft Open Spaces Bill Background Notes

The statutory Open Spaces managed by the City Corporation largely continue to be governed by nineteenth-century legislation, with only limited modifications (most significantly in the 1930s and 1970s). While this legislation has served its basic purpose of preserving the Open Spaces as valuable places of public recreation and enjoyment, there are a number of respects in which it is unclear or out of date.

Proposed provisions for inclusion in the Bill

The provisions would apply to Epping Forest, Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood, Queen's Park, and the various commons and other spaces managed under the Corporation of London (Open Spaces) Act 1878. Proposals to apply certain of the provisions to Bunhill Fields and the City Gardens are set out separately below.