Bonfire laws in Spring/Summer

Bonfire laws in Spring/Summer

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This is a request for a new law to be made regarding bonfires during the Spring/ Summer months in the UK.

Currently there are no rules around having a bonfire, you can only complain if it is considered a 'nuisance', this means, it has to be lit by a particular person on a regular basis, which is all very well and good but what happens if there are multiple people having them,  at different times in the day and apparently, even at night?

Of course, there is the good old fashioned, lets be a good neighbour and let them know we're planning on having a bonfire. This is lovely and all, but what if it's the neighbour down the street having one? Do they need to tell everyone that they plan on lighting one up... and realistically, would they?! I can speak from experience,  the answer is no, they do not walk the entire street to let everyone know.

All too often, on a lovely spring/ summer day when I'd like to have my windows open or take my washing out to dry, I've had to scrap the idea and sit in my house, which more recently has been described as a sauna, due to people having bonfires in the middle of the day.

The reason I'm writing this petition at 23:16 on a Tuesday night, is because I've had to close my windows; for the 2nd night in a row, because of another bonfire. I mean, how much stuff do you have to burn?! And why is it OK to burn that stuff.. grass, sticks, weeds, leaves etc!

I'm not usually one to complain or make a scene and if it was just me in the house, I'd probably shrug it off and keep the windows open but truth is, I have a 20 month old son and currently, I'm finding myself having to choose between him sweating and having a very uncomfortable nights sleep or sleeping in a room which is consumed by bonfire stink. So I'm at a loss and I don't know what else to do.

My call is to the government, local council, whoever may listen/ needs to listen, to ask that there are some rules put in place around lighting a bonfire (no matter what it contains), in the Spring/ Summer months PLEASE! 

I cant be the only one having the same struggle surely?!

If you, like me, want to see this change, please sign this petition and get this put infront of whoever has the power to put some changes in place!

 

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