'Tis the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and.... bonfires!! There is no law prohibiting bonfires or regulating times when they can be lit, but they do cause annoyance and add to local air pollution so we would discourage their use for disposal of waste.



An occasional well controlled bonfire is not a statutory nuisance under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

If you choose to have a bonfire, please consider the following guidelines:

  • Ensure that plastics, rubber, painted materials, plywood and chipboard are not burned as they can give off poisonous chemicals - some of which can cause cancer
  • Avoid having a bonfire when the wind is blowing in the direction of your neighbours before lighting a bonfire,
  • Consult your neighbours as this will give them time to shut windows and bring washing inside
  • Never use petrol, methyl spirits or similar to light the fire
  • Dense smoke caused by burning noxious or toxic substances can damage people’s health
  • It is an offence to emit dark smoke from an industrial trade or business premises under the terms of the Clean Air Act 1993
  • Make sure what you are burning is dry
  • Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres, plastics, foam or paint
  • Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions, for example when it’s damp
  • Avoid burning when the wind will carry smoke over roads or into other people’s property
  • Never leave a fire unattended or leave it to smoulder. Douse it with water if necessary



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