31 July 2020SMOKE FROM ALLOTMENT GARDEN BONFIRES
THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER at Northumberland County Council's Public Health Protection Unit has received a complaint that smoke from garden bonfires on the allotments has been causing a nuisance to nearby properties. The complaint alleges that the smoke is particularly strong at times and fires seem to have been lit when the wind is blowing towards the houses, resulting in washing having to be brought in, and windows having to be closed. A bonfire must not be allowed to create a nuisance to other tenants or neighbours. Complaints about bonfires will be investigated and can result in a fixed penalty notice, legal action, and the termination of the allotment tenancy. It is illegal to burn waste from a commercial activity or to burn construction or demolition waste.