Garden Bonfires and Smoke Nuisance
Garden bonfires produce smoke and smells, which can annoy neighbours as well as damage the environment. Garden trimmings that are still green and wet can give off lots of smoke, and materials like plastics and rubber create poisonous chemicals when they are burnt. Most garden waste can be easily composted and larger amounts can either be placed in your Green Bin and taken away providing you have arranged a Garden Waste Collection or taken to one of the household waste recycling centres in the county.
If you must have a bonfire to burn any waste that cannot be composted, then it is advisable to follow these simple guidelines:
Warn your neighbours – this gives them an opportunity to close windows and doors, remove washing off the line and they are much less likely to complain
Ideally burn later in the evening when people are less likely to use their gardens
Only burn dry material
Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres or anything containing plastic, foam or paint
Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions – smoke hangs in the air on damp, still days. If it is too windy, smoke blows into neighbours’ gardens and windows and across roads
Avoid burning when air pollution levels in your area are high or very high. You can check air quality on 0800 556677
Keep your fire away from trees, fences and buildings
Warning Never use oil, petrol or methylated spirits to light a fire – you could damage yourself as well as the environment
Never leave a fire unattended or leave it to smoulder – put it out
How do I complain about a bonfire?
There are no byelaws restricting bonfires in Wiltshire’s Area and there are no specific times of day restricting bonfires.
However if smoke is caused by a bonfire is creating a nuisance, the council has powers to take action under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Private individuals can also take action through a Magistrates’ Court. If a bonfire is causing smoke to drift across a road, please contact the police.
If you are affected by smoke, we would recommend that you discuss it initially with your neighbour, as they may not realise that they are causing a problem. Always try to be reasonable, otherwise your discussions may end up in further arguments and create unwanted future neighbour tension. Explain the details of your concern and try and agree a reasonable solution or compromise.
If the situation does not improve, then feel free to contact the Environmental Protection Team. We would ask you to fill out a smoke nuisance log sheet for two weeks and then return it to us. The nuisance log sheets are very important and the Council will not take any further action unless it has received completed nuisance log sheets from you. If the log is not returned without a reasonable explanation within 21 days the complaint will be closed.
Once we have received your log sheets a member the case officer will assess them and contact you to discuss what will happen next. We may write to the alleged offender bringing their attention to the matter and providing them with a simple guide on how to have a bonfire whilst reducing the risk of it being a nuisance to neighbours. We may also make visits in an attempt to witness the smoke. Officers will usually undertake a maximum of three visits to substantiate your complaint. If after the three visits no nuisance has been established, the council will close the investigation.
For more information visit Wiltshire County Council’s website.
Warm & Safe Wiltshire
Don’t suffer a cold home
Living in a cold home can be bad for your health. Consistently low temperatures in your home may exacerbate existing health issues (particularly respiratory and cardiovascular conditions) and make it harder for you to recover from illnesses. It can cause you and your family to feel miserable at home, affecting concentration, dexterity and mental health.
Wiltshire Council has been working to address these issues and make it easier for people struggling to heat their home to a healthy, comfortable temperature to access free advice and support.
Residents can now contact Warm & Safe Wiltshire – a one stop shop for all cold home and energy queries. The service aims to provide free, impartial advice about keeping your home warm, understanding your heating system and energy bills, switching energy supplier and making energy saving improvements. The service also aims to prevent isolation worry by signing residents up to the Priority Services Register so that in the event of a power cut, they have the support that they need. Energy advice can be given through home visits as well as over the phone. Fire safety alarm and appliance checks can also be organised in partnership with Fire and Rescue for eligible residents.
Warm and Safe Wiltshire will also be working closely with relevant organisations to ensure that the team are able to refer and signpost residents for additional support. This could include ensuring you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to or support in making essential improvements to your home. Insulation is one of the best ways of lowering your energy bills as well as replacing old, inefficient heating systems. Warm and Safe Wiltshire can let you know if you’re eligible for funding to help towards the cost of making your home warmer and more comfortable.
Please contact the team if you would like any advice or you know anyone who would benefit from a referral.
Call 0800 038 5722
Warm and Safe Wiltshire is a service provided by Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service.
Tilshead Village Noticeboard
Tilshead Village has a noticeboard on the side of the Village Hall.
Notices for the village notice board should be given to Gill at Waylenfield or to Trudie at Church House for insertion inside the notice board. Notices can also be emailed to email@example.com.
Notices or posters are kept for three weeks on the notice board, and updated every weekend. Notices or posters put on the outside of the notice board will be removed and not inserted.
Parish Council Vacancy – Deadline to call for Election 9th August 2018
Following the resignation of Councillor Ted Basford please see below Notice of Vacancy.
An election to fill the vacancy will be held if TEN electors from the Parish of Tilshead write to the Returning Officer by 9 August, 2018 asking for an election to be held.
If an election is not requested by that date, then the Parish Council must fill the vacancy by co-option as soon as practicable.
2018-07-20 Notice of Vacancy
Parish Council Meeting Minutes, 12th June 2018
Please see below minutes from the June Parish Council Meeting approved at the meeting held in July 2018. The July minutes will be published in September. If you have any comments regarding these minutes please contact the Parish Council directly. The Parish Council contact details are published in the Tilshead Newsletter.
The next meeting is on Monday, 3rd September 2018 in the Village Hall, and everyone is welcome to attend.
There will not be a meeting in August, being the summer break. However, if a planning application is received, or if it is necessary to call a meeting, then one will be called.
DIO to crack down on illegal activity on Salisbury Plain
DIO staff on Salisbury Plain have been issued with newly branded vehicles in a bid to crackdown on the number of illegal incursions taking place.Source: DIO to crack down on illegal activity on Salisbury Plain