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Warning issued over BBQ cooking in the park
3:30pm Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
A HAMPSHIRE council is warning it may penalise people who decide to hold barbecue parties in public parks over the bank holiday – which is forecast to be warm and sunny. The dangers of public barbecues in local parks are being highlighted by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, which is working with police and fire services to control unlicensed and dangerous barbecue parties. The message is to enjoy our parks this bank holiday – but leave the barbecue at home. It is against local by-laws for people to light barbecues in borough parks, but the recent summer weather has seen the number of incidents of barbecue nuisance increase, along with public drinking and antisocial behaviour. Incidents have ranged from patches of charred grass and hot coals being left behind to reports of groups lighting barbecues in busy areas such as skate parks. The main focus will be firstly on raising awareness of the dangers of hot coals on dry grass. Officers will be patrolling, talking to groups about the rules and politely asking them to put out their fires. Where appropriate, offenders who refuse to comply with requests will be issued with yellow cards and fixed penalty notices. Council leader Cllr Clive Sanders said: “While we all like to enjoy our parks in the good weather, it’s a shame that some groups can spoil it for the rest of us. “Unfortunately barbecue parties have been linked with drinking issues, anti-social behaviour and littering and have led to several incidents this summer. “Our patrols do a great job of making sure the parks are safe and pleasant for everyone to use and this campaign will raise awareness of the need for responsible behaviour for all groups.”
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