I have been getting a number of emails from residents asking for clarification on the position re garden bonfires. I took this issue up with the Council and the response I have received from the Chief Officer is:

“We’re aware there has been an increase in domestic bonfires as residents seek ways to manage their garden waste whilst the brown bin collection service is suspended. We would ask instead that this waste is composted or used otherwise in the garden rather than being burned and creating problems with smoke. This is particularly an issue now with many more people at home and unable to get much respite from what may be regarded by some as a harmless activity.  For more guidance on bonfires,  see

 It has always been against the law to create a nuisance through smoke from bonfires and the Council will contiue to contact those residents involved. In these challenging times, its feels ever more important to understand the impact of our actions on others and we will continue to intervene where such problems exist and are reported to us. Reports can be made to

The Government guidance can be found via this link

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