Doncaster Council pledges to clamp down on people having bonfires in lockdown

Doncaster Council has said it will clamp down on people having bonfires during lockdown and putting strain on emergency services.

By Darren Burke
Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 7:26 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 7:26 am

Both the authority and South Yorkshire Fire Service have called on people not to have garden fires – and people can report neighbours flouting the plea.

A council spokesman said: “We've been getting a lot of reports of garden bonfires over the last few weeks.

“Firefighters across South Yorkshire say they've seen a huge spike in garden fires since the coronavirus outbreak started.

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Doncaster Council is clamping down on bonfires.

“We've received reports of residents who have found it hard to physically leave their homes to exercise, due to the smoke coming from local garden fires where people have been burning garden and household waste.

“They're also dangerous if they get out of hand!

Please be considerate of your neighbours and the safety of others - our Enforcement Team will investigate if we feel bonfires are becoming a nuisance to others

Instead of having a fire, residents are being urged to compost kitchen and garden waste, shred waste or store it temporarily - once coronavirus restrictions are lifted the Household Waste Recycling Centres will reopen throughout the borough where Doncaster residents can go, free of charge, and recycle their household waste

Anyone wanting to report neighbours or people having bonfires in their garden can contact the Public Health Team on 01302 737573.

In the worst-case scenarios, your neighbours can be fined up to £5000