and Highbridge Town Council bans bonfires on its allotments
and Highbridge Town Council is to ban bonfires on its allotments
as part of a new environmental policy agreed this week.
of the councils Policy and Finance Committee have proposed
the ban after complaints from residents and allotment holders about
the problem of growing numbers of bonfires.
Cant, Town Clerk, said: "Several residents have recently objected
to the smoke and one allotment holder told us he was unable to harvest
his strawberries because of a bonfire."
Andy Brewer added: "I have spent time looking into this and
think we should be more environmentally conscious. There are plenty
of good recycling facilities in the area, so we don't need bonfires.
Id be keen to adopt a policy of no bonfires."
we are hoping to complete our new environmental policy, this could
be the right time to ban them."
Cllr Martin Cox said he considers the proposal to be a "step
too far" and he quipped: "Is it time to ban barbecues
too - where does it stop?"
Brewer responded: "With barbecues, the charcoal burns hotter
and you dont get particulates in the air like bonfires."
Cox suggested that bonfires should be banned only in the daytime
on local allotments up to 6pm in a part-time ban, but there was
no seconder to his proposal.
to the suggestion, Cllr David Hoggarth said: "If we are going
to do this, we should do it properly. Do we have the means to control
who is burning what at certain times of the day? I think its
all or nothing - I propose we do away with all bonfires."
Mike Facey said the ban would initially only cover the Walrow allotments
in Highbridge, which the Town Council owns and manages. "The
Love Lane allotments are run by an Allotment Management (not linked
to the Town Council) who have their own set of rules and regulations.
This does include the lighting of bonfires, but only at strictly
voted in favour of a ban on all bonfires at the councils allotments
four councillors voted for the ban, one was against and one
abstained. A final decision rests with the full Town Council at
its meeting next month.
is the latest in a series of new environmental policies introduced
by the Town Council. The authority is a partner in the plastics-free
coastline project and has recently banned
the launch of balloons and sky lanterns from its properties,
a policy that has also been adopted by Sedgemoor District Council.