Bridport Town Council bans barbecues in Bridport and West Bay

Wareham Forest fire May 2020

Bridport Town Council made the unusual decision to ban barbecues on all of its land in Bridport and West Bay.

This means that you will not be allowed to have a barbecue in public parks, gardens, beaches, allotments or woodland.

It’s expected that the ban will not be well received by some. However, Bridport Town Councillors came to the agreement following the dry weather, Wareham Forest fire and various heathland fires.

Individuals visiting the heathlands, beaches and woodlands continue to have disposable barbecues, putting themselves, others and wildlife at risk.

Although the ban is effective immediately, the council has said that there will be some exceptions. These include whether permission is provided by the council (eg. on the allotments or for events). However, anyone having a barbecue without permission will be breaking the rules.

The news comes after Dorset Council debated whether disposable barbecues should be banned throughout the county.

Our main concern is the irresponsible use of disposable barbecues. We have seen two cases in Bridport recently where they were left unattended and still alight, and had it not been for a swift response from the Fire Service we could have seen very serious consequences.

It is staggering that a minority have played ‘fast and loose’ with public safety and have caused us to have to implement this ban.

Dorset Council has agreed a similar prohibition on its land but there are large areas of privately-owned land locally that are open to the public and could be vulnerable.

Councillor Dave Rickard, Bridport Town Council
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