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Residents across Basildon are being asked to think of others and to not light bonfires during the current coronavirus lockdown.
The effects of bonfires at this time are likely to be much more serious and have a bigger impact. The coronavirus is known to cause serious respiratory problems, which could be made much worse if the sufferer is exposed to smoke from bonfires.
It is important to be especially considerate at this time, when people are confined to their home and unable to escape unpleasant fumes.
Bonfires can also become out of control or cause accidents, creating extra pressure on the already busy emergency services.
Chairman of the Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee Councillor David Harrison said: “The council will take enforcement action against any persistent offenders where bonfires cause an impact on neighbours. We need to be looking out for each other and ensuring that our actions are not negatively impacting vulnerable members of the community.
“We understand the closure of the borough’s tips may create a storage issue for some residents but please think of others, compost your garden waste where possible, and stack or bag up rubbish for disposal when the current emergency is over.
“We’ve just reinstated our special collection service online only and on a limited basis so please use this service where possible to dispose of bulky waste rather than burning it.”
If you are experiencing problems with neighbours having bonfires during this time please contact https://www.basildon.gov.uk/article/715/Pollution-Control-Nuisances
To book a special collection visit www.basildon.gov.uk/specialcollections