Park bin hit by fire as disposable BBQ dumped in plastic only waste

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 2 June 2021

A PARK visitor started a small fire when they dumped a still-lit disposable barbecue in a plastic-only waste bin, causing it to melt once the fire had stopped.

The melted Mead bin (Mason Moore / HFP)

On Monday (31 May), a local resident shared the news with other social media users on local Facebook forum, Spotted Hinckley.

The post read: “Unfortunately with the nice weather, comes the irresponsible behaviour. Well done on putting your disposal BBQ in a bin….unfortunately it was still lit, and you have melted a bin in the Mead.”

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council are aware of the damage and have made it known that the Mead park is one of the many protected areas in town to have a PSPO in place.

In a statement issued on their Facebook page, a Council spokesperson said: “We hope that you are enjoying the lovely weather. Just a polite reminder that BBQs are not permitted in our green spaces.

“Over the weekend, a disposable BBQ was used in Argents Mead which was subsequently put into a plastic waste bin whilst still alight causing a small fire which was fortunately contained.”

Breaching a PSPO is a criminal offence and fixed penalty notices (FPNs) of up to £100 can be handed out as a result, but if taken to court that could result in a maximum penalty of £1000.

Cooking and barbecuing are offences of the PSPO and are not allowed on any protected park or open spaces managed or maintained by the Borough Council.

Barbecuing and cooking can only take place on site with a ‘reasonable’ excuse to do so, or, with the land owner’s consent.

The PSPO rules have been in place since May last year in a bid to stop individuals and groups from committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces.

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