Ban on BBQs, fireworks and Chinese lanterns in bid to prevent wildfires

Wildfires have been causing significant damage at various locations including Kinder Scout, Tintwistle and Dovestones. 

Now lighting fires, barbecues, fireworks, and Chinese lanterns has been banned to help prevent wildfires at high-risk locations in the High Peak.

The borough council has approved a Public Spaces Protection Order, which covers their land and parts of the borough that lie within the Peak District National Park to which the public have access. 

David Smith, Principal Officer for Communities and Partnerships, said: “This Order is coming into force at a good time as Covid restrictions start to ease and we can expect more people to visit the High Peak.  

“Sadly, in recent days, firefighters have been called on to tackle blazes in our area, so this action is necessary to help try and reduce incidents. 

“The majority of fires are caused by careless, thoughtless behaviour and are, therefore, preventable. 

“We hope that as well as stopping fires, this Order will help to raise awareness of the dangers so that people who visit these locations to enjoy the landscapes think twice about their actions and how to play their part in protecting our natural environment.” 

The Order will be in place for a period of three years, and you can find out more at www.highpeak.gov.uk/PSPO

High Peak MP Robert Largan has welcomed this development and says he is planning to take further action in Parliament to make the case for stronger legislation to tackle the use of disposable barbecues on moorland, and push for greater efforts to reduce wildfire risk. 

He said: "This is very positive news. I’m grateful that the Council have listened, and taken this important step to reduce the risk of wildfire and protect our moors and countryside. 

“I’m continuing to push for improved safety measures on a national level to safeguard our local moorland in the High Peak.”

Meanwhile, calls have been renewed this week to remove disposable barbecues from sale.

The Peak District National Park wants shops in and around the park to remove the items from sale in and around the national park. 

Following on from previous campaigns, they have written to over 170 local, regional, and national retailers in and around the Peak District urging them to take action. 

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