Coronavirus – no bonfires please during lockdown

Residents across the borough are being asked to think of others and to not light bonfires during the current Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

The effects of bonfires at this time are likely to be much more serious and have a bigger impact. The Coronavirus is known to cause serious respiratory problems, which could be made much worse if the sufferer is exposed to smoke from bonfires. 

It is important to be especially considerate at this time, when people are confined to their home and unable to escape unpleasant fumes.

Bonfires can also become out of control or cause accidents, creating extra pressure on the already busy emergency services.

We understand that the changes to collection services and the closure of the reuse and recycling centres may create a storage issue for some residents. Please think of others, compost your garden waste where possible, and stack or bag up rubbish for disposal when the current emergency is over, rather than burn it.

The Council will take enforcement action against any persistent offenders where bonfires cause an impact on neighbours.

If you are experiencing problems with neighbours having bonfires during this time please report the problem online