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Derwent Water Byelaws


Made under Section 13 of the Countryside Act 1968 by the Lake District Special Planning Board with respect to the control of power driven vessels on Derwentwater in the Lake  District National Park.

1. These Byelaws may be cited as "The Lake District Derwentwater Byelaws, 1975"

2. These Byelaws shall be applicable to the Lake known or commonly known by the name of Derwentwater.

3. In these Byelaws the following words and expressions have the meanings hereby assigned to them respectively:
(a) the word 'lake' means the lake specified in Byelaw 2 above and all waters other than rivers connected therewith, navig
able by vessels;

(b) the word 'vessel' includes every description of water craft, used or capable of being used ES a means of transportation on water and includes a flying boat and any other aircraft designed to manoeuvre on water;

(c) the term 'power driven vessel' means any vessel expelled by machinery;

(d) every power driven vessel which is under sail and not under power is to be considered a sailing vessel, and every vessel
under power, whether under sail or not, is to be considered a power driven vessel;

(e) except as hereinbefore otherwise provided words and expressions to which a special meaning is assigned by the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 and the Countryside Act 1968, have respectively the same meaning in these Byelaw as they have in the said Acts.

4. Save as hereinafter provided no person shall use any power driven vessel on the lake at a speed exceeding ten miles per hour.

5. The use of a power driven vessel in circumstances necessary to the proper execution of his duty by the following persons, that is to
say:

a) a police officer;

(b) an officer of a water authority:

(c) any person or servant of any person employed by or acting with the authority of theLlake District Special Planning Board, or

(d) any person taking part in rescue operations or in securing the safety of persons engaged in lawful activities on the lake shall not be deemed an offence against these Byelaw.

6. Nothing contained in these Byelaws shall be deemed to extinguish any public right of way over the lake.

7. Every person who shall offend against the foregoing Byelaws shall be liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding £20.

GIVEN under the Common Seal of the Lake District Special Planning Board this twenty-third day of January, 1975.


THE COMMON SEAL OF THE LAKE DISTRICT SPECIAL PLANNING BOARD was hereunto affixed in the presence of:
(Signed) K. S. HIMSWORTH, National Park Officer.

The foregoing Byelaws are hereby confirmed by the Sectetary of State and shall come into operation on the first day of March, 1978.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State, Home Office, LONDON SW1, 5 January, 1978
(Signed) R.F.D. SHUFFREY
An Assistant Under Secretary of State