The smoke and smell of bonfires can be considered nuisances. They often lead to complaints, especially if the bonfire contains damp and smouldering garden or household waste.
Although there are no local by-laws allowing or prohibiting bonfires, there are national laws that can be enforced to protect the environment and minimise nuisance from bonfires.
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 allows us to take action against any person having a bonfire that produces smoke on a frequent or persistent basis or which interferes substantially with a persons reasonable enjoyment of their home, including their garden.
An abatement notice may be served to the person responsible for such persistent bonfires with the potential for heavy fines for non-compliance.
Why not compost your garden waste or get rid of bulky waste?
Special collections of bulky and electrical household items
Recycling Centres and Opening Times