Whilst at home during the coronavirus pandemic please be considerate of your neighbours and avoid lighting bonfires. The smoke can make it difficult for people with asthma and similar conditions to go out for their daily exercise.
Every year we get a large number of complaints about bonfires causing a nuisance to our residents.
We have the power to take formal action if bonfires cause a serious nuisance to neighbours.
There are no byelaws that either prevent people from having occasional garden bonfires or specific times when they can be lit, but there are a few alternatives which are safer and have less of an impact to the environment. These are:
- Use our garden waste service
- Composting (or burying) soft garden waste such as grass cutting
- Hire a skip from a private contractor for large amounts of waste
Should you decide to start a bonfire at your home, please take notice of the information on this page and the recommendations outlined below:
- Telling neighbours you are having a bonfire and you will do your best to minimise smoke and finish burning quickly
- Choosing a site where least nuisance will be caused to neighbours, not just yourself
- Not lighting the bonfire if any residents have washing out to dry
- Not burning at weekends, bank holidays or sunny days when people are outside enjoying their gardens
Excessive smoke and pollution can be avoided by:
- Making sure the material is as dry as possible. Damp material, including ‘green’ garden waste, particularly conifer cuttings, will cause a lot of smoke
- Not lighting the bonfire with petrol or diesel
- Not burning plastics, foam, rubber or material contaminated with oil
- Not burning timber contaminated with creosote or other flammable preservatives
- Not burning painted timber
There is nothing to stop this but remember amplified sound and/or a live band will increase the chances of causing a noise disturbance to your neighbours.
Generally speaking, we do not encourage live, amplified music at private homes as most homes in Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston are very close to others and there is a good chance that the noise will cause a disturbance.
We strongly advise that you finish at a time that neighbours will consider reasonable.
Again there is nothing to stop this but the longer noise is made, the greater is the chance that you could cause a statutory nuisance and that your neighbours will have a genuine complaint.
If you must have a number of parties over two or more days, you should make extra sure that your neighbours are prepared for this and agree with them acceptable finish times. These times might be earlier than you would like, but where people live close together and are easily affected by activities at someone else’s home, you do need to show consideration and courtesy.
Fireworks are inherently dangerous explosives and need to be used with extreme care.
Always follow the safety advice on the instructions.
Your garden should be sufficiently large to enable guests to stand well away from the lighting area and it is not a good idea for someone under the influence of alcohol to light them.
There are also time restrictions when the law allows fireworks to be lit.
Visit our fireworks page for more advice about using fireworks safely and within the law.
There are no specific restrictions or times that relate to parties in private homes. However the police can take action if you or your guests cause a disturbance and the council can take action if the noise from the party causes a nuisance.
A nuisance can occur at any time but is more likely to cause disturbance to others at night..
See our information on statutory nuisance for more details of what the council can do.
Last updated: Thursday, 23 July 2020 5:50 pm