To make a complaint call 01582 510330, Mon-Fri, 8am to 6pm, except Wed, 10am-6pm.
There is no law against having bonfires. However, the smoke or the smell of the smoke could cause a statutory nuisance under section 79(1)(b) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. (See ‘What legal action can be taken?’)
A statutory nuisance is an activity that is prejudicial to health and unduly interferes with a persons enjoyment of their property and land. Bonfire smoke causes air pollution and can make people with breathing problems feel unwell. It can also upset your neighbours preventing them from opening windows, using their gardens, or hanging washing out.
Burning waste materials in a garden incinerator can also cause a smoke nuisance, so we are asking Luton residents not to use them.
We ask all Luton residents not to have bonfires and to get rid of rubbish and garden waste in the following ways:
If you feel comfortable speaking to your neighbour, try having a chat with them about the problem. It may be the case that your neighbour is unaware they are causing a problem.
If you don't feel able to talk to your neighbour, or talking to them
hasn't worked, contact us for help. We will write to your neighbour to
ask them not to have bonfires in future. We will also tell them about
better ways of disposing of garden and other waste.
We have legal powers to stop a smoke nuisance caused by a bonfire. If
a person causes a smoke nuisance, we will serve a notice. A person who
ignores the notice commits a criminal offence which can result in an unlimited fine.