Welwyn Hatfield urged not to light bonfires

PUBLISHED: 08:44 11 April 2020 | UPDATED: 12:00 11 April 2020

Welwyn Hatfield residents are being asked to not light bonfires. Picture: Pixabay.

Welwyn Hatfield residents are being asked to not light bonfires. Picture: Pixabay.


Welwyn Hatfield residents are being urged by the borough council and the fire service to not light bonfires after the suspension of the collection of garden waste.

The council has said if your neighbour is self-isolating, smoke from a bonfire could have an impact on their health.

Bonfires can also risk public safety, putting pressure on emergency services when they are needed elsewhere.

One resident, from Holliers Way in Hatfield, told the WHT that she has been plagued by neighbours lighting continuous fires. She is self-isolating due to suspected COVID-19 symptoms, and said its affecting her health but as its not illegal she cannot get her neighbours to stop.

Group Commander at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Rad Bristow, said: “Bonfires can become out of control very quickly – only this week we were called to a serious incident in the borough that could have led to serious consequences if it had not been brought under control by the crew.

“These incidents are avoidable and put extra pressure on the emergency services – please think very carefully about what you are doing.”

Councillor Bernard Sarson, executive member for Community safety at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said: “We urge you not to light bonfires during this outbreak, and to consider the impact it could have on your neighbours.

“At a time when people are under a lot more stress, smoke nuisance can lead to arguments between neighbours. Please consider our advice on home composting instead.”

Concerns about bonfires can be reported to the council’s environmental health team at e.health@welhat.gov.uk.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has also urged residents to consider home composting. For more on composting go to one.welhat.gov.uk/home-composting and for garden waste go to welhat.gov.uk/coronavirus/rubbish-and-recycling/garden-waste.

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