Saturday, 14 March 2015
LITTLE ABINGTON PARISH COUNCIL
Every year the Parish Council has complaints about bonfires.
This information explains the law and gives some suggestions to help prevent a nuisance being caused.
Under The Environmental Protection Act 1990 offenders can be taken to court if their bonfires cause a nuisance to neighbours (i.e. have an unreasonable effect on their enjoyment of their home or garden). Fines can be as high as £20,000. If you make a complaint, you may be asked to keep a diary of events to help investigations.
- DO YOU NEED to have a bonfire? Could the waste be taken to the rubbish tip, placed in your green bin or composted?
Please note these recommendations
- DO NOT light a bonfire when neighbours have washing drying, they are out enjoying their gardens or have windows open
- DO NOT light bonfires one hour before dusk, or leave them burning overnight. Choose the time of day and weather conditions that will cause the least inconvenience to neighbours
- Tell your nearest neighbours before you light a bonfire so they can be prepared for any minor inconvenience that may arise
- DO NOT burn damp grass clippings or 'green' material as this creates thick smoke
- DO NOT burn oily rags, rubber, plastics, or other materials that could create heavy smoke or toxic fumes
- DO NOT leave your fire to smoulder for long periods
- Burn material quickly in small quantities so the minimum amount of smoke is created. An incinerator makes this easier
- Choose your site carefully, away from trees, fences and windows. Have a hose-pipe and buckets of water handy for emergencies
Last updated on 14 March 2015.