Council fining park fires and barbecues

Council fining park fires and barbecues

ANYONE caught lighting a fire or barbecue in parks and open spaces will be fined, Kirklees Council has revealed.

Officials have taken a hardline stance following grass fires across the district due to the current heatwave and lack of rain.

They have introduced the public space protection order which bans fires and barbecues in council and National Trust-owned parks and open spaces.

Enforcement officers will be patrolling areas such as Crow Nest Park and Wilton Park in Batley to ensure people are sticking to the rules.

Anyone found lighting a fire will have it extinguished and be given a fixed penalty notice of £75.

Coun Naheed Mather, cabinet member for environment, said: “Bonfires and barbecues have always been banned in council parks and open spaces.

“I would hope that no fines need to be issued, as I am sure most people who have seen the news will appreciate why we are taking a hard line.”

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