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5 April 2020

Hold fire on bonfires, say SWP and fire chiefs

Somerset Waste Partnership and fire services are teaming up to ask people to pour cold water on plans for back garden bonfires.

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Subject: [OFFICIAL] – SWP Press release – Hold fire on bonfires, say SWP and fire chiefs

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Recent weeks have seen a rise in calls to the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to attend potentially dangerous back garden bonfires.

And district councils are also seeing a growing number of complaints about nuisance fires – in some cases including ‘black smoke’ fires, with people allegedly burning plastics and other toxic materials.

The increase is being put down to the fine weather and the impacts of Coronavirus: restrictions on movement, closure of recycling centres and the suspension of the garden waste collection services.

It may be tempting to burn garden waste and material you might usually take to the Recycling Centres, but the public is being urged to hold fire and think about the impact on neighbours and emergency services.

Where possible, people should hold on to garden waste until the Recycling Centres reopen and try not to generate waste that is going to be hard to dispose of.

Home composting may be an option for some and you can find more information here https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/home-composting/

Burning plastics, rubber or painted materials is illegal and the fumes can cause pollution and are harmful to health. With recycling centres closed, people are asked to keep hold of materials until they reopen.

Mickey Green, Managing Director of SWP, said: “We appreciate that this is a difficult period and it will be frustrating and inconvenient for some.

“But it’s important that we don’t put additional demand on hard-stretched emergency services and think about the impacts on others

Laura Pratt, Community Safety Prevention Manager for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “When a fire crew is checking a bonfire, it could be delayed from going to a more serious incident elsewhere. Particularly at this time, we need to keep our resources ready for real emergencies.

“So we are asking people not to light bonfires and not to contact us to report other people’s bonfires unless they are out of control. Always call 999 in an emergency and stay safe.”

All 16 of Somerset’s Recycling Centres are temporarily closed, in line with the current restrictions on non-essential travel. Garden waste collections have been suspended so crews and vehicles can focus on maintaining the rubbish, clinical and recycling collections.

For more information about how oy reduce and reuse your waste, visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus For the latest information about services and any disruption visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus and follow @somersetwaste on Twitter and Facebook.


Somerset Waste Partnership manages waste services for all councils in Somerset.

SWP media contact:

Nick Cater, Senior Communications Officer Nick Cater,


Mark Ford, Head of Communications and Engagement, 07977412198 mford@somersetwaste.gov.uk

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Parish Council business – April

I am sorry to report that two Councillors have resigned since my last update in the IOW News.  Neil Ellis has stood down as Chairman and Councillor as has Laura Sampson.  Neil has been a Councillor for just over 5 years and Laura for 3 years.  We are all very grateful for their contributions and service during that time.  Cllr Polly Costello has stepped in as acting-Chair of the Council until a new Chairman is elected in May.  The vacancies have been advertised and I am hopeful that I will be able to announce replacements in the next issue.

The February meeting was well attended and County Cllr. David Huxtable told members that the County Council was actively looking at ways of providing a safe route to Sexeys School, Blackford.  The three Village Halls were each given a grant towards maintenance costs and members noted that a Community Right to Bid was being considered in respect of the Panborough Inn.

Cllr Briaris updated members on the speed of traffic entering and leaving Wedmore via Cheddar Road.  As a result of the figures recorded by the Speed Indicator Device, the area was now being monitored by the Police safety camera team.  A request by the Playing Fields Management Committee for a further grant towards completing the first floor of the sports pavilion at Wedmore was deferred pending more information.

Rod Pring, Parish Clerk

Anyone interested should contact the Clerk for more details.

Wedmore Parish Council February minutes

Wedmore Parish Council Website

Wedmore Parish Council,
Grant’s Lane, Wedmore Somerset
BS284EA Telephone 713087,
email: wedmoreparishcouncil@gmail.com

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