Keyholders Must Accompany Their Guests In The Gardens
At the KTE AGM in January 2020 new rules were agreed to deal with complaints from residents
about the poor behaviour of some non-resident visitors to the gardens, for example, visitors inviting
others to join them in parties, bringing in unregistered dogs, leaving bottles, litter or dog mess in the
gardens, playing ball games where they are not permitted, playing loud music or using drones.
Residents of houses making the annual contribution to the gardens’ upkeep were entitled to have
keys to the gardens, provided that they abided by the garden rules. Unfortunately, some residents
had interpreted that right to include access to the gardens by their paying guests. And so it was that
people who let their flats to holiday visitors had been loaning out their keys and giving their holiday
tenants unsupervised access to the gardens.
As a step towards tackling this problem, it was agreed that the garden rules be altered to require key
holders to accompany their guests and to be responsible for their behaviour while in the gardens.
Public Events In The Gardens Require Prior Approval
The AGM also agreed to change the rules to make sure that any events, to which members of the
general public were invited, became subject to prior approval. This was because KTE was potentially
liable for the safety and well-being of people entering the gardens. Although it had insurance cover,
KTE would be expected to have assessed the risks that each event may pose and satisfy itself that
the tour or activity leader was aware of those risks and would take steps necessary to mitigate them.
For this reason and for the protection of residents and the gardens from inappropriate access and
use, events to which members of the public are to be admitted would require prior approval from
Parties In The Gardens
At the AGM, it was suggested that residents be enabled to check on party bookings via the website
so that they could challenge or report gatherings that did not meet the requirements of the rules.
The website now has an EVENTS tab which reveals a calendar on which any garden party or public
event booking will be posted.