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Smoke nuisance

Bonfires and smoke pollution

Lighting a bonfire without consideration for those around you can cause distress to those around you, when for example

  • weather conditions are inappropriate (such as winds blowing toward neighbours' property) or
  • burning inappropriate materials (such as wet or green plant material, plastic or other materials that will generate smoke)
  • on a fine summers evening when others are enjoying their gardens

 In addition it may exacerbate ill health in those who suffer from Asthma, COPD and COVID.

There are alternatives to burning:

You can stockpile green waste, Reducing your waste and composting to rot down material for use as a soil improver, sign up for a garden Garden waste collections from Wiltshire Council or take it to the house hold recycling centre.

Never burn garden waste that is still green or recently cut, and never burn any other household waste.

Allotment committees and users, as well as householders have a particularly important role in ensuring responsible behaviour by their members.

Log Burners and Open Fireplaces

A home or business with a log burner or open fire can be a source of much enjoyment and a way of providing heating in rural areas. However the smoke from a chimney or flues can also be a nuisance for other properties if not installed and managed properly. 

Nuisance - How to take your own legal action

If the local authority is unable to substantiate a statutory nuisance you are able to take your own action against the person/organisation responsible

Information about out to do this can be found on the How to take your own legal action page.

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