issues warning over 'illegal' beach fires in Burnham-On-Sea
bosses have this week urged beachgoers in Burnham-On-Sea not to
light fires or barbecues following several safety 'scares' over
the past fortnight.
Local byelaws prohibit fires and barbecues on Burnham's beach,
says Sedgemoor District Council, but the warm weather has prompted
several groups to ignore the rules in recent days, as pictured.
Sedgemoor's Resort Manager Graham Newing told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Fires on the edge of the dunes can quickly spread, especially
during dry weather."
"We saw a big
fire in Berrow dunes in 2004 which destroyed a big area and
no-one wants to see a repeat of that."
in the dunes are a concern for both the council and nearby residents."
He added: "It's worth noting that fires and barbecues are
not allowed on Burnham beach - that's the local byelaw. Properly-controlled,
disposal barbebcues are allowed on Berrow beach, though."
Burnham Police have stepped up their patrols of the beach in
recent weeks following recent concerns about parties in the dunes
and waste problems.