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Camden Council bans barbecues in parks during heatwave

Move follows London Fire Brigade advice on grass fires

27 July, 2018

CAMDEN Council today (Friday) announced a temporary ban on barbecues in its parks during the heatwave.

The move follows London Fire Brigade advice aimed at preventing grass fires.

Environment chief Councillor Adam Harrison said: “We’re experiencing exceptionally hot weather at the moment which means the grass in our parks is extremely dry. Following advice from the London Fire Brigade, who have seen a dramatic increase in grass fires, we have introduced a temporary barbecue ban in Camden’s parks. These are exceptional circumstances but we need to take extra care to make sure we’re all safe.”

He added: “We don’t want to spoil people’s fun, so we’re encouraging you to come down to our parks and bring a picnic to enjoy with your friends and family.”

The LFB said that they had been called to six grass fires in Camden this month.

LFB commissioner Dany Cotton said: “I have attended a number of these large grass fires and it never ceases to shock me how many abandoned smouldering barbecues fire crews spot. In these arid conditions, barbecuing on dry grass is not just thoughtless, it’s reckless.

“We have a lot of green space in London but it’s nearly always lined by roads and houses. It’s only a matter of time before hot smoke and flaming debris catches nearby cars and houses and someone is seriously hurt.

“I know a barbecue ban can be difficult to enforce and many councils have already implemented a ban but I am calling on all our partners to do whatever they can to help us protect London’s open spaces from devastating blazes.”

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