Londoners could be landed with a £100 fine for a simple mistake this summer if they venture out for a day trip to Brighton. With sunny weather set to hit the UK for the next few days, the new Green-council rules banning some non-eco-friendly things could ruin day trips everywhere.
Disposable barbeques and single-use lanterns and balloons were banned on Brighton beach and city parks, following a public consultation on the matter. The council reached the eco-friendly decision earlier in the week, SussexLive reports.
From July 1, 2022, beachgoers or anyone found in breach of the new rules in council-owned parks, open spaces, and on the seafront could be issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN). Enforcement officers will also be able to extinguish and seize the “article causing the offence”. Non-disposeable barbeques can continue to be used where existing rules apply.
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Brighton and Hove City Council said the decision was made following “overwhelming support” with 79 per cent of the consultation’s respondents raising concerns about the single-use products. It is also in an effort to prevent environmental issues and real risks to wildlife and nature, including injury and fire.
“Single-use, disposable barbeques are often used in our public spaces and not disposed of properly. If left, they can cause serious injury to children, adults, and wildlife,” said Cllr Jamie Lloyd, a member of the council’s Environment, Transport, and Sustainability Committee.
“They can also cause fires at the waste depot, as we have seen in recent years. The introduction of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) will help us eliminate the use of angle-use, disposable barbeques and lanterns, ensuring that we are doing all we can to protect people and wildlife in our parks, open spaces, and on the seafront, minimising the risk of both injury and fire.”
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