The Government’s message for the Easter weekend is: stay at home, stop the spread of the virus, so ensuring the NHS has capacity to treat anyone infected. It is also very important that residents take regular exercise in their garden, or in the nearby locality, observing 2m spacing.

But Cllr Lewis Barber, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group, reports that there has been a significant increase in the number of complaints about bonfires: "The smoke and smell of bonfires or burning rubbish is a health hazard and a statutory nuisance that often leads to complaints from neighbours. This is especially so if it contains smouldering garden or household waste."

Your Councillors suggest that residents consider their own health and that of their neighbours by not having bonfires during the coronavirus outbreak. Others living nearby may have had their breathing affected by the virus or may have other respiratory problems, such as asthma or COPD, that could be worsened by smoke.

Information about how to report issues to the Council’s Environmental Protection Team can be found HERE

The Conservatives, whilst not running the Council, are doing everything we can to support and work with the Council in these extraordinary times. We believe that the increasing nuisance of bonfires can be considerably mitigated by recommencing the kerbside collection of garden waste, as is being done for other recyclables, and we will continue encouraging and working with the Council’s Lib/Lab Administration to find a way of doing so.

You can find your CBC post-code personalised recycling calendar HERE

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