follow the guidelines below
can be a useful way for disposing of garden waste that cannot be composted.
Remember that the allotment sites are surrounded by residential properties and
we need to ensure that you do not cause a nuisance to others when disposing of
your waste. Currently the main bonfire time is around Guy Fawkes
Night. If you do have a bonfire to dispose of garden waste, please ensure that
you follow the committee’s good bonfire guidelines.
bonfires on the days designated by the allotment committee, currently these are
4-6 November and on the weekend of the AGM.
Do not bring any refuse from outside the site to burn on the allotment.
This includes household rubbish,rubber tyres or anything containing plastic,
foam or paint, aerosols and glass bottles. This is not an exhaustive list!
Keep your bonfire to a manageable level. No more
than 1.5 metres or (4.5 feet) squared and 1.0metres (3 feet) high. If this rule
is not adhered to your bonfire may be dismantled!
bonfire away from trees, fences and sheds. Remember sheds may highly
oil, petrol, methylated spirits or any other accelerants to light a fire– you could damage yourself as well
as the environment.
Never leave a fire unattended or leave it to
smoulder – always put it out. It is advisable that you have a bucket of water handy
in case your bonfire gets out of control and in order to put it out.
possible only burn dry material not damp, which causes more smoke
fire regularly with small amounts of fresh material - hot fires with visible
flames create less smoke
Ensure that care is taken when children are around;keep a look out for
wild animals and pets in a bonfire before you light it. Remember to check for
hibernating hedgehogs and sleeping pets!
INCINERATOR BIN BURNING
If you have
an incinerator bin please ensure that you only use it with the lid on.
incinerator bin as far away from residential properties as you can to minimise
the nuisance that the smoke may cause. Also try not to use your
incinerator bin on excessively windy days to minimise the nuisance that the
smoke may cause, and where possible only burn dry
material not damp, which causes more smoke.
aware that the incinerator bins become very hot and it is advisable that gloves
are worn if moving the bin or the lid. Ensure that
care is taken when children are around. Please be aware that the incinerator
bins stay hot for a considerable period and the removal of the lid can reignite
a fire within so ensure your bin is out before you leave your plot.
If you see
any other plot holder contravening these rules, please contact a committee
member as soon as possible. We do not want to run the risk of upsetting the
neighbours or the council!
LEGAL STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW!!! Environmental Protection Act 1990 It is an offence under the Act to cause a statutory nuisance. This
includes smoke, fumes or gases “emitted from premises so as to be prejudicial
to health or a nuisance” and includes nuisance created by bonfires and
Incinerator bins. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (as amended), Environmental
Health has a statutory duty to investigate potential statutory
nuisances,including bonfire complaints. If it is determined that a statutory
nuisance exists, is likely to occur or has previously existed and is
likely to recur, then an abatement notice may be served.
Where such a notice is contravened or not complied with, enforcement
action may follow which could result in prosecution and a fine at the
current scale. Should an abatement notice be served, your allotment tenancy will
be reviewed by the committee and may be terminated.Highways Act 1980 Anyone lighting a fire and allowing smoke to drift across a road faces a
fine if it endangers traffic. Contact the police in this case.