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Bonfires - Again!

Click here to view user informationHorsfordRoad   Aug 26th 2016 22:09

What is it with these selfish so-and-so's who think that it's acceptable behaviour to light fires in a residential area? Here we are enjoying a rare spell of decent weather but trying to keep the house cool with the windows open, when all of a sudden the stench of a bonfire causes us to have to tear around the house closing all the windows.

Please would there thoughtless idiots do as we all do. Either dispose of your rubbish in wheelie bins or, if you are too tight fisted to pay for a green bin for garden waste, get off your arse and take it to the tip in your car.

Even without visible drifting smoke, the stench from these fires carries considerable distances, so please stop being so selfish and inconsiderate.

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Aug 27th 2016 10:19

Took this from the South Gloucestershire Council web site rather than try again with a link. Perhaps it helps.

Nuisance from bonfires

If you are having a bonfire, you need to be considerate towards your neighbours. Otherwise, your bonfire could be classed as a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act of 1990.

We recommend you find other ways of disposing of waste, such as recycling. With the increase in identify theft, people are increasingly starting to burn personal documents. Our advice is to purchase a shredder which are now readily available at a reasonable price.

If you do go ahead with a bonfire, please follow this advice:

make sure the material is dry before it is burnt. This makes the combustion process more effective

if a pile of waste has been there for some time, check there are no animals living in it

check the waste to make sure there are no pressurised containers or other items that are dangerous to burn

do not burn materials such as household rubbish, rubber tyres, paint, foam or anything containing plastic

do not start or encourage the fire using substances such as old engine oil, methylated spirits or petrol

talk to your neighbours before having a bonfire, to avoid potential problems such as smoke blowing over clean washing or through open windows

check the wind direction before lighting your bonfire, to make sure the smoke will blow away from your neighbours

Contrary to popular belief, there are no byelaws governing the time that you can have a bonfire. Again, the golden rule is that you must not cause a smoke nuisance.

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