It has come to the attention of the Parish Council that bonfires are frequently being lit in parts of North Waltham throughout the day, which are preventing residents opening their windows, enjoying their gardens or hanging out washing. Bonfires also give rise to air pollution and for anyone suffering from existing respiratory and other conditions, smoke can make breathing difficult and exacerbate symptoms.
Everyone is experiencing difficulties and stresses because of the current restrictions on movement, with most people being confined to their homes and gardens, for most of the day for the foreseeable future. These restrictions are clearly essential to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect everyone’s health and save lives. All residents are asked to play their part in this.
Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council have, therefore, asked all residents not to have garden bonfires. The law has not changed, these are not illegal, but the effect they cause on other peoples’ gardens and homes is at best very unpleasant and at worst can cause a statutory nuisance.
The recent nice weather might mean you have been doing more in the garden and might be tempted to have a bonfire. Please think again. It’s not fair or reasonable to inflict this on anyone right now, especially if they are unwell. Filling the air with smoke could make a bad situation worse for someone.
Be thoughtful, be kind and be fair.
Advice about bonfires, alternative methods of disposing of waste and what to do if you are affected by bonfires is available from the BDBC website at