Wakefield Council urges people to avoid lighting bonfires this weekend and beyond
Council is urging residents not to light bonfires during the coronavirus
outbreak because the smoke could adversely affect those with breathing
this unprecedented time, the Council is asking for people to put the health and
wellbeing of others first, to keep people in the district safe.
the garden bin service suspended and household recycling centres temporarily
closed, the Council is asking people to resist the temptation to have a
bonfire. And instead to store their garden waste, or compost it until normal
services resume, once the national Cornonavirus outbreak has steadied and
services can reopen.
Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty at
Wakefield Council said: “Under normal circumstances we know that at this time
of year many people like to have a bonfire to get rid of garden waste.
in these unprecedented times and with many people affected by coronavirus -
with one of the main symptoms being difficulties with breathing, I am asking
everyone to stop, think and consider others by avoiding lighting garden fires,
however tempting this may seem.
will be confined to their homes with health issues and won’t be able to open
their windows, if someone nearby has a bonfire.”
are also asked to be tolerant and patient to others over the bank holiday
of noise they may not normally hear such as musical instruments being played,
children’s playing and banging noises and loud talking. Being able to hear
noise from elsewhere, doesn’t make it unreasonable.
Cllr Cummings: “We have a great community spirit in our district and we all
have responsibility to support each other, especially being confined to our
homes for most of the day. So please continue to be a good and considerate
neighbour this weekend, and beyond.”