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Beach Bonfires Warning: Council To Enforce Byelaw Banning Fires On Scarborough Beaches

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Council officials, police and the local fire and rescue service are becoming increasingly concerned for people's safety with a rise in the number of bonfires being lit on Scarborough's beaches.

Under a 2005 council byelaw, fires are not allowed unless Scarborough Borough Council has given its consent.

The council says it is looking to enforce the byelaw more robustly, as a number of issues are emerging which pose a risk to public safety and are deterring other people from using the town's beaches and nearby facilities, particularly on an evening.

They include:

  • Anti-social and rowdy behaviour that is upsetting to other beach and chalet users
  • Fires that are not being extinguished properly or turned into an invisible danger when they’re buried under the sand, still burning
  • Associated debris, such as nails from wood and broken beverage bottles, which can then become a hidden hazard in the sand

Sandra Rees, the council's Community Safety and Safeguarding Manager, said:
"We are not here to be killjoys or spoil people's enjoyment, but when some individuals are ruining the beach experience for other people through anti-social behaviour and creating risk to public safety because of their recklessness, we have a duty of care to act." 
"Some people might not like it, but the byelaw is there for a reason, to help ensure all beach users have a fun, enjoyable and safe experience."
Andy Blades, Scarborough Station Manager for North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, added:
"We've had a number of calls to the North Bay beach in recent weeks. We're particularly concerned about fires that have been left unattended and those that are still smouldering, hidden under a layer of sand." 
"Even the dying embers of a fire can be very hot with the potential to cause injury or ignite fires in surrounding property."
Sgt Chris Smalley, North Yorkshire Police said:
"Thoughtless and irresponsible behaviour from a minority of individuals is spoiling the beach experience for others, particularly on a night time." 
"We will be working with our colleagues in the council and fire service to tackle this problem and take any appropriate action."
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1 comment:

  1. Why not provide purpose made fire pit areas? There's something quite nice about sitting around a fire on a beach on the few summer evenings we get. Hardly anti social.


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