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Town Councils Act
Town Council of City Centre
(Common Property and Open Spaces) By-laws
By 24
REVISED EDITION 2001
(31st January 2001)
[31st January 2001]
Citation
1.  These By-laws may be cited as the Town Council of City Centre (Common Property and Open Spaces) By-laws.
Definitions
2.
—(1)  In these By-laws, unless the context otherwise requires —
“common property” and “open space” mean any common property and any open space, respectively, within the Town of City Centre;
“housing estate” means a housing estate of the Board within the Town of City Centre;
“park” means to bring a vehicle to a stationary position and cause it to remain for any purpose;
“parking place” has the same meaning as in the Parking Places Act (Cap. 214);
“sign” includes all signals, warning sign posts, direction posts, banners and advertisements;
“vehicle” means a vehicle, whether mechanically propelled or not, intended or adapted for use on the road.
(2)  Nothing in these By-laws shall prohibit officers or employees of the Town Council or any person authorised by the Town Council from doing any act that is reasonably necessary or expedient in the enforcement of these By-laws.
Dumping and renovation debris
3.  No person shall —
(a)
place, deposit, keep or leave, or cause or permit to be placed, deposited, kept or left, any material, article, object or thing on any common property or in any open space except in such common property or open space designated by the Town Council for that purpose;
(b)
transport any renovation debris or other building material in any lift in a building in any housing estate, or over any other common property, except with the prior written permission of the Town Council; or
(c)
permit any dog, cat or other animal belonging to him or in his charge to urinate, defecate or otherwise soil any common property or open space.
Obstruction of common property
4.
—(1)  No person shall obstruct or cause or permit the obstruction of the lawful use of any common property with any object, fixture or thing.
(2)  The Town Council may remove any object, fixture or thing obstructing the lawful use of any common property.
(3)  The Town Council shall immediately give written notice to the owner or person having lawful possession of the object, fixture or thing removed and detained by the Town Council that he may, on payment of the expenses incurred by the Town Council, claim possession from the Town Council within 30 days of such removal and detention.
(4)  If the object, fixture or thing removed and detained by the Town Council is not claimed by the owner or person having lawful possession thereof within 30 days of such removal and detention, the Town Council may —
(a)
dispose of it by public auction or otherwise; and
(b)
apply the proceeds of the sale to the expenses incurred by the Town Council in the removal and detention and the surplus, if any, shall be paid to such owner or person having lawful possession thereof.
Damage to common property
5.
—(1)  No person shall remove, destroy or damage or deface or remove any earth or soil from any common property.
(2)  The costs and expenses including administrative costs incurred by the Town Council in restoring any damaged common property to its condition before such damage or destruction or in replacing earth, soil or any other property that has been removed shall constitute a debt due to the Town Council and shall be recoverable as such.
Unlawful parking, etc.
6.  No person shall —
(a)
park any vehicle on any common property or in any open space except in a parking place; or
(b)
use, ride or drive on any common property or in any open space any vehicle other than a perambulator, a child’s toy vehicle used solely by a child or a wheel-chair used solely for the conveyance of persons suffering from some physical defect or disability.
Power to remove and detain vehicles
7.
—(1)  Where a vehicle is parked on any common property or in any open space in contravention of any by-law, or appears to have been abandoned on any common property or in any open space, the secretary may, in his discretion and by himself or an officer authorised by the Town Council (referred to in this by-law as the authorised officer) —
(a)
remove the vehicle to a place of safety or any other place and detain it thereat; or
(b)
prevent the removal of the vehicle without his consent by fixing an immobilisation device to the vehicle.
(2)  Where the secretary or the authorised officer has removed any vehicle to a place of safety or any other place pursuant to paragraph (1)(a) or fixed an immobilisation device to the vehicle pursuant to paragraph (1)(b), he shall, with reasonable despatch, give notice in writing to the owner of the vehicle as to the procedure by which he may secure the release of the vehicle, and such notice shall be served on the owner of the vehicle —
(a)
in the case where the vehicle has been removed to a place of safety or any other place, in accordance with by-law 20 or where this is not possible, by posting it on any notice board maintained by the Town Council nearest the part of the common property or open space where the vehicle was parked or found; or
(b)
in the case where an immobilisation device has been fixed to the vehicle, by affixing the notice onto the windscreen or any conspicuous part of the vehicle.
(3)  No vehicle which has been removed and detained by the secretary or the authorised officer or to which an immobilisation device has been fixed in accordance with this by-law shall be released to the owner of the vehicle except —
(a)
by or under the direction of the secretary or the authorised officer; and
(b)
upon the owner of the vehicle having paid all expenses incurred by the secretary or the authorised officer, and such other charges as may be imposed under these By-laws.
(4)  Any person who, without the authority of the secretary or the authorised officer, removes or tampers with any notice affixed to a vehicle under paragraph (2)(b) shall be guilty of an offence.
(5)  Any person who, without being authorised to do so in accordance with this by-law, removes or attempts to remove —
(a)
any vehicle from any place at which it is being detained under this by-law; or
(b)
an immobilisation device fixed to a vehicle in accordance with this by-law,
shall be guilty of an offence.
(6)  Where any abandoned vehicle which has been removed and detained by the secretary or the authorised officer or to which an immobilisation device has been fixed in accordance with this by-law is not claimed by the owner within one month of the date of its detention or immobilisation, the secretary may, after giving one month’s notice in the Gazette of his intention to do so, sell the vehicle by public auction or otherwise dispose of it in any manner as he thinks fit.
(7)  Where an abandoned vehicle has been sold or otherwise disposed of under paragraph (6), the proceeds of the sale or disposal of the vehicle shall be applied —
(a)
firstly in payment of any expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of this by-law; and
(b)
thereafter in payment of all charges and fines payable under these By-laws and the surplus, if any, shall be paid to the owner of the vehicle.
(8)  In this by-law, “immobilisation device” means any device or appliance designed or adapted to be fixed to any part of a vehicle for the purpose of preventing the vehicle from being driven or otherwise put in motion, being a device or appliance of such type approved by the secretary or an officer authorised by the Town Council in that behalf.
Repairing, painting, etc., of vehicles
8.
—(1)  No person shall repair, paint, spray, test or service or cause or permit to be repaired, painted, sprayed, tested or serviced any vehicle on any common property or in any open space.
(2)  Paragraph (1) shall not apply to such repairs as may be reasonably necessary to enable the vehicle to be removed from the common property or open space.
Playing of games
9.  Where the Town Council has set apart any part of any common property or open space described in a notice board affixed or set up in some conspicuous position in that part of the common property or open space for the purpose of —
(a)
roller skating;
(b)
riding of skateboards; or
(c)
any game specified in the notice which may, by reason of the rules or manner of playing, or for the prevention of damage, danger or discomfort to any person on or in the common property or open space, necessitate at any time during the continuance of the game the exclusive use by the players of any space in such part of the common property or open space,
no person shall on or in any common property or open space elsewhere roller skate, ride a skateboard or play or take part in any game so specified.
Entertainment and sale of goods on common property and open spaces
10.  No person shall without the prior written permission of the Town Council —
(a)
hold or stage or cause the holding or staging of any show, play, wayang or other entertainment or any reception or formal party on any common property or in any open space; or
(b)
sell or offer or expose for sale any commodity or article on any common property or in any open space.
Display of signs
11.  No person shall display or cause or permit to be displayed any sign on any common property or in any open space except with the prior written permission of the Town Council.
Damage to soil, turf, plant, shrub or tree
12.  No person shall —
(a)
remove, cut, damage or dispose of any soil, turf, plant, shrub or tree or part thereof situated on any common property or in any open space; or
(b)
pick a shrub or plant or any part thereof situated on any common property or in any open space.
Unauthorised structures
13.
—(1)  No person shall erect or install any fixture, structure or thing on any common property or in any open space except with the prior written permission of the Town Council.
(2)  Any person who erected or installed any fixture, structure or thing in contravention of paragraph (1) shall, if requested in writing by the Town Council, remove at his expense that fixture, structure or thing and repair any damage to the common property or open space within 7 days of that request being served on him, in default of which the Town Council may remove that fixture, structure or thing and repair any such damage caused.
(3)  The amount of expenses incurred by the Town Council in removing the fixture, structure or thing and performing the repairs shall be recoverable by the Town Council from that person.
Diversion of water or electricity
14.  No person shall draw, divert or take —
(a)
any water from any water service installation for the supply of water, tap or pipe situated on any common property; or
(b)
any electricity from any electrical installation for the supply of electricity, socket or electrical supply line situated on any common property,
except with the prior written permission of the Town Council.
Obstruction of refuse chutes
15.  No person shall throw or deposit or cause or permit to be thrown or deposited into any refuse chute in a building in any housing estate any object, material, thing, article or substance which will or is likely to choke, clog or obstruct the free fall of refuse in the chute or cause any nuisance, annoyance or inconvenience to other occupiers of the building.
Littering on common property and open spaces
16.  No person shall throw or deposit, or cause or permit to be thrown or deposited, any dust, dirt, ash, refuse, rubbish or other matter or thing into or onto any common property or open space other than in a refuse chute or any other refuse or litter container or receptacle designated for that purpose.
Throwing objects, etc., from buildings and dangerously positioned objects
17.
—(1)  No person shall endanger life or property or cause any nuisance, annoyance or inconvenience to any person within the Town by throwing, or allowing to fall, from his flat or any part of the building in a housing estate, any object, material, thing, article or substance.
(2)  No person shall place any pot, plant, ornament, article, object or substance on or at any window-sill, corridor or common property within the Town in such manner which, in the opinion of the Town Council, is likely to cause injury or cause damage to any common property or the property of any other person.
Misuse of lifts
18.  No person shall jam, misuse or obstruct or cause or permit to be jammed, misused or obstructed any lift door in any building in the housing estate with any material, article, object or thing.
Trespassing onto lift motor rooms, etc.
19.  No person shall, except with the prior written permission of the Town Council, enter any lift motor room or any common property, being a fenced enclosure, building or room, in which any installation for the use or supply of water or electricity may be situated.
Service of documents
20.  Except insofar as these By-laws otherwise expressly provide, any document required by these By-laws to be served on any person may be served —
(a)
by delivering the document to that person or delivering the document at the usual or last known place of residence of that person to some adult member or servant of his family;
(b)
by sending the document by registered post to the usual or last known place of residence or business of the person;
(c)
by leaving the document at the usual or last known place of residence or business of the person in a cover addressed to that person; or
(d)
where the person is a body corporate —
(i)
by delivering the document to the secretary or other like officer of the body corporate at its registered office or principal place of business; or
(ii)
by sending the document by registered post to the registered office of the body corporate.
Composition of offences
21.  Every offence under these By-laws shall be a compoundable offence in accordance with section 49 of the Act.
[G.N. Nos. S 239/2000]