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In view of these problems, should we be pressing our City Council to provide a green waste collection, as many councils do? We don't see much for our full council tax payments in this area. Our uncompostable garden waste is taken to the tip at Freemans Common, where it has to be hauled up a flight of steps into a skip - not easy for senior citizens! Have tried ringing the free collection service - it takes a long while to arrange and our last item was stolen from the front garden. These inconsiderate bonfire enthusiasts are probably not prepared to bag up their waste for collection anyway. Try taking a few photos of the smoke and fires, send them to the City Council's environmental department and ask for action.
As I write this there is a huge bonfire going on in my neighbours garden. Gardeners have cut down his conifers and they are currently burning all of the green fir. My washing was out before they lit this fire - it is 10 am. They had the same type of fire yesterday, and another one last week.
People 2 doors down in the opposite direction had a heavily smoking bonfire just about every single sunny day last year burning green waste by using an accelerant, so there was the awful choking smell as well as clouds of smoke. They have already started again this year. Why cannot they burn their waste after dark when people have closed their windows?
I have lung problems and these people are preventing me from using my garden, or opening my windows, yet the council will collect up to 15 bags of green waste every two months free of charge.
Bonfire Rage is a nasty thing. You've just put the washing out and suddenly a friendly neighour decides to have a dirty great bonfire right in the middle of the afternoon. Smoke gets in the washing and you have to do it all again. Show some consideration! Have your bonfire in the evening.... or suffer the rath of Helen Knott's Bonfire Rage! You can read about it in full in the April/May Gazette pdf on this site.