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There is no law against having bonfires. If materials used are dry, burn quickly and produce white/grey smoke that is not directly blowing consistently towards an occupied residence, then there is little or no problem.
Garden or domestic bonfire smoke can be very irritating or cause stress to those exposed to it. The smoke could potentially contain gases and particles which can affect the health of people with pre existing conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and heart problems. Exposure to bonfire smoke is short lived however, and serious harm is unlikely.
However, there are laws relating to any nuisance bonfires may cause. See the GOV.UK website ('Internet Links') for more information.
Suffering from Bonfire Nuisance?
Firstly, we recommend you speak politely to the source of the bonfire. They may not even realise they are causing you a problem.
Alternatively, you can call us on 01306 885001, or email email@example.com
Please be aware you will be required to disclose your address details and also the details of the source of the bonfire. Environmental Health is unable to act on anonymous calls.
You may then be required to fill in log sheets for evidence, recording how the smoke is affecting you, how often it is occurring and the colour of the smoke. If you have already kept your own log of the nuisance, please submit this as an attachment with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is some useful advice for those wishing to have bonfires:
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