August 1, 2008

Heat is on Garden Fires

GARDENERS who burn waste were today warned they could be banned from having bonfires.

Bromsgrove Council's environmental health team says it is "unacceptable" to get rid of garden and household waste by burning it because it causes pollution and becomes a problem for neighbours.

Coun Peter Whittaker, Bromsgrove's portfolio holder for housing and environment, said: "Garden fires, as well as causing a nuisance for your neighbours, can damage your health and pollute the air.

"The smoke can be especially troublesome for children and people who suffer from asthma, bronchial infections and heart conditions and smoke drifting across a road can be dangerous for motorists.

Robin Goundry, team leader for pollution, added: "Burning is not an acceptable or safe way of getting rid of waste material and we will investigate complaints of smoke nuisance which can result in a nuisance abatement notice being served.

"There are other ways that can be used."

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