Byelaws - Good Rule and Government of the City
Byelaws for the Good Rule and Government of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne and for the prevention of nuisances, made by the Council of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in pursuance of Section 235 of the Local Government Act 1972.
No person shall in any street or public place for the purpose of selling or advertising any article or obtaining custom tout or importune to the annoyance or obstruction of passengers.
No person shall spit on the floor, side or wall of any public carriage or of any public hall, public waiting room or place of public entertainment, whether admission thereto be obtained upon payment or not.
3. Fireworks etc in places of entertainment
No person shall, with intent to cause annoyance or inconvenience to any person in any place of entertainment to which the public are admitted with or without the payment of money, while the public are on the premises, throw or let off any firework, stink-bomb, or similar article, or squirt, spray or otherwise throw or scatter any offensive liquid, powder or substance in any such place as aforesaid.
4. Sale of contraceptives in slot machines
(1) It shall be an offence to offer a contraceptive for sale by means of an automatic machine so placed that it can be used by persons who are in a street.
(2) In this byelaw the expression “street” includes a way and place over which the public have a right of passage, and also the forecourt of or entrance to a building, provided that such a forecourt or entrance is exposed to the view of persons passing along the street, and that the public have unrestricted access to such forecourt or entrance.
5. Dogs fouling footways
Repealed by section 6 of the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996
See our page on dog fouling law.
No person shall, in connection with any roundabout, show, exhibition or performance, placed or held in any street or on any vacant ground adjoining or near to any street, make or cause to be made any loud and continuous or repeated noise by means of any organ or other similar instrument to the annoyance of residents or passengers.
7. Noisy Hawking
No person shall, for the purpose of hawking, selling, distributing or advertising any article, shout or use any bell, gong, or other noisy instrument in any street or public place so as to cause annoyance to the inhabitants of the neighbourhood.
8. Music Near Hospitals
No person shall sound or play upon any musical or noisy instrument or sing in any street or public place within 100 metres of any hospital, infirmary, convalescent home, or other place used for the reception or treatment of the sick, after being requested to desist by any constable, or by any inmate or officer of such hospital or other place, or by any person acting on his behalf.
9. Music Near Houses
No person shall sound or play upon any musical or noisy instrument or sing or wantonly and continuously shout in any street or open public place within 100 metres of any dwelling house or office after being requested to desist by any inmate or occupant thereof either personally or through a servant, or though a constable, on account of the interruption of the ordinary occupations or pursuits of any such inmate or occupant or for other reasonable and sufficient cause: Provided that this byelaw shall not apply to properly conducted religious services, except where the request to desist is made on the grounds of the serious illness of any inmate of the house.
10. Noisy conduct at night
No person shall in any street or open public place between the hours of 23.00 and 06.00 wantonly and repeatedly shout or otherwise make any loud noise to the disturbance or annoyance of residents.
11. Indecent language etc
No person shall in any street or open public place, or in any place within view or hearing of any street or open public place, use any indecent language or gesture, or commit or solicit, invite or provoke any other person to commit any indecent act to the annoyance of residents or passengers.
12. Penalty clause
Any person offending against any of the foregoing byelaws shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds.
13. Repeal clause
All existing good rule and government byelaws, relating to touting; spitting;fireworks etc in places of entertainment; the sale of contraceptives in slot machines; dogs fouling footways; litter; street betting; nuisances contrary to public decency in streets; Sunday hawking; noisy animals; noisy conduct at night; unruly behaviour in places of entertainment; wireless nuisance in shops etc;organs and music near hospitals, made by the former Council of the City and County of Newcastle upon Tyne and by the Northumberland County Council are, insofar as they are in force in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, hereby repealed.
Given under the Common Seal of the Council of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne this eleventh day of April 1978 in the presence of:
Thomas Watson Collins, Lord Mayor
L. N. Elton, Deputy Director of Administration
The foregoing byelaws are hereby confirmed by the Secretary of State and shall come into operation on the date hereof.
Signed by authority of the Secretary of State
R. F. D. Shuffrey, Assistant Under Secretary of State
Home Office, London SW1
13th July 1978