Pollution


Bonfires

Can I have a bonfire?

Anyone can have a bonfire at anytime of the day.

All that matters is what you are burning and that you are considerate to your neighbours.

Burning

Here is a list of what you can or can’t burn:

  • Only burn dry material
  • Never burn household rubbish, tyres, or anything containing plastic, foam or paint
  • Never use old engine oil, meths or petrol to light the fire or to encourage it
  • Avoid having a bonfire in unsuitable weather conditions – smoke hangs in the air on damp, still days and in the evening. If it is windy, smoke may be blown into neighbours’ gardens and across roads
  • Avoid burning when air pollution in your area is high or very high. You will find this out in weather forecasts, by viewing the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (DEFRA) air forecasts website or by calling DEFRA’s Air Pollution Hotline on 0800 556677
  • Never leave the fire unattended or leave it to smoulder – put water on it, if necessary

Report it

If you are bothered by smoke you can approach your neighbour and explain the problem. You might feel awkward, but they may not be aware of the distress they are causing and it will hopefully make them more considerate in the future.

If you find it difficult to approach your neighbour visit the Maidstone Mediation Services website for advice or call 01622 692843.

If this fails contact us using our Contact Us form or call 01622 602202 to tell us about the problems you’re having. We will investigate your complaint and we have the power to serve a notice to stop the issue.

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