Here is the latest information that I have had with regards to the Bonfire that has been constructed on Whitehouse Crescent. It looks like Environmental Officers along with the West Midlands Fire Service have been on the site and have requested certain actions be undertaken.
The City Council officials have been active over the last few days following concerns raised by residents and others, following fly tipping that has occurred. The City Officials tell me that that the “Bonfire in Whitehouse Crescent/Nocke Road has been built again in readiness for this weekends celebrations.” Here is there statement in full.
Unfortunately this year a large amount of rubbish that cannot be burnt has been fly tipped on the green including materials that do not burn, or if burnt would release toxic gases.
Officers from the Council and the Fire Service have liaised with local residents who are now sorting through the bonfire to remove any unsuitable materials which will then be collected and disposed of by the council.
The bonfire is also being moved further away from the overhead cables to avoid damaging them.
The bonfire is more than big enough and no more materials should be taken to the green.
To deter any further fly tipping CCTV has been installed supported with signage advising that anyone depositing further items on the green will be treated as committing an offence of fly tipping and liable to prosecution. The Council has provided guidance to the residents on how to undertake a safe bonfire.”
They further informed me that ” At a Residents Association meeting held last night 1st November 2017) The Ashmore Park Tenants & Residents Association agreed to take responsibility for organising the bonfire in future years, to try to prevent the fly tipping problems and ensure the bonfire is undertaken safely.”
City Officials seem satisfied with this course of action.