Bonfires (and your neighbours!)
It is perfectly legal to have a bonfire and there are no restrictions as to when you can have it. However, you must comply with the Environmental Protection Act.
Following a complaint to the Parish Council and in the interest of good neighbourliness, the following might be useful:
- Timing – Choose a good time for you and your neighbours. Avoid weekends and bank holidays!
- Frequency – Try to have as few bonfires as possible.
- Management – Never leave a bonfire unattended.
- Materials – Avoid wet or green materials as they will produce excess smoke. Do not burn anything likely to produce excessive, pungent and toxic smoke, e.g. rubber and plastic.
- Weather – Wind can blow smoke towards the neighbours; stronger winds could impact neighbours further away.