The Council has now agreed that the use of bonfires on Leigh Allotment Sites is strictly prohibited. Since 2016, bonfires were limited to just two weekends per year, but many complaints were received from nearby residents and the fires were not always kept to these set weekends.
Recently Southend Borough Council declared a climate emergency and on the website state that bonfires are not recommended, it would be remiss of Leigh-on-Sea Town Council to not follow suit.
Allotment holders are encouraged to compost on the site and Southend do offer a garden waste collection scheme or green waste can be taken to the Household Recycling Centres.
With poor air quality in Southend and a changing climate, any action - no matter how small - should be taken to make a positive step in the right direction.