Bonfire Will Take Place – But City Officials Warn About Size & Safety!

The longstanding bonfire usually put together by the local neighbourhood in Whitehouse Crescent , is deemed to be too large and could cause local damage to telephone and television infrastructure.  Its taken place for around forty years or so.whitehouse-cres-bonfire

Safety  concern have been passed to me by local residents. I then contacted the City Council, after I had been informed that the Police & Fire service were forced to visit the bonfire through its growing size. Plus  neighbourhood concerns  were being voiced by the increasing fears over  safety in the last 24 hours.

Environmental Health Officers from the Council has been out to the site today (2nd November 2016) with the Fire service and they have again spoken to residents .

One of the residents has accepted  limited responsibility for the bonfire and has on the advice of the Fire service and the council – relocated the bonfire to a safe distance from any cabling and street furniture.

Plus the bonfire constructors have also reduced the size of the build.  The bonfire is now within the limits of previous years.

The Police, council and fire service will continue to monitor this particular bonfire.

Public Safety continues to be a priority. I hope this information is useful to all residents. The Bonfire will take place, but it really needs to be operated safely.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more