Residents are being asked to play their part in keeping the district safe as Bonfire Night approaches.
Bradford Council is working in partnership with the police, the fire service and the district’s largest social landlord, Incommunities, to solve bonfire season problems before they can get out of hand. They also want people to help the campaign and report dangerous bonfires which can be dealt with immediately.
The district’s traders are being warned not to try and take advantage of the season by illegally dumping their rubbish on bonfires. Businesses, homes and schools are advised to remove accumulations of rubbish before they can be set on fire. Traders are also being warned not to take advantage of the season to make a quick profit by transporting and illegally disposing of waste on bonfires. Shopkeepers are also advised not to sell fireworks, matches and lighters to under-age youngsters.
Deputy Council Leader Cllr Imran Hussain, said: “People shouldn’t get the idea that the bonfire season will provide them with a chance to get rid of their rubbish on the cheap. Council Wardens will be looking out for fly-tipping and cracking down on culprits. Fly-tipped rubbish is not only unsightly but can be highly dangerous if someone sets it on fire.”
He wishes for people to enjoy themselves sensibly “We hope people will enjoy their bonfire celebrations but we urge everyone to behave in a responsible way.”
Chief Inspector Sarah Baker, Neighbourhoods lead for Bradford District Police, said: “The period around Bonfire Night can see an increase in incidents of anti-social behaviour, particularly through the misuse of fireworks.
However, we will be working closely with our partners to take preventative measures, combining this with robust enforcement.”
The neighbourhood officers in high visibility uniforms will be patrolling the streets to make sure those committing offences are quickly dealt with.
Inspector Baker says “We have carried out a significant amount of work to reduce anti-social behaviour in the last year, and we will continue this to make sure that people are safe in their community.”
Tom Rhodes, Bradford’s District Prevention Manager for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Bonfire night and the lead up to it are one of the busiest times of the year for our service. The safest way to celebrate this occasion would be to go to an organised event, however, should people be planning to have a fire and perhaps set off fireworks this needs to be done safely.”
There will be a number of safety advice leaflets available on the fire and rescue service website which will help people to have a safe bonfire period. Rhodes says “Please consider your community over this period, do not be endangering your friends, family or neighbours by being irresponsible with what you are burning and when lighting fireworks.”
Harry Whittle, Director of Incommunities – Estate and Support Services, said: “Our estate and neighbourhood teams will again be working with local partners to make sure any reports of rubbish left in our neighbourhoods are dealt with and cleared promptly. Where we have evidence of anyone involved in illegal dumping we will not hesitate in taking enforcement action.
I would urge any Incommunities customers who see any areas of fly-tipping to contact us on 01274 257990 and we will follow up all reports confidentially. Above all, we want the bonfire celebrations to be safe for everyone.”