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Bank holiday bin collection changes

There will be some changes to bin collections on the week commencing Monday, May 3, due to the bank holiday. Collections will take place one day later than normal. You can view the online calendar - or download an annual one - by clicking here.

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Elections in May 2021

Elections for the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and by-elections for some local government seats were held on 6 May 2021. Find out more about the elections and the local by-election results as they come in.

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across England including Allerdale. Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on April 12. However, many restrictions remain in place. This link includes details of the roadmap out of lockdown.

• See the latest news and get more information regarding coronavirus (Covid-19) and our services.

• Help for affected businesses, charities and other organisations including the support grants that are available.

• Advice for individuals including the Test and Trace Support payment to help those self-isolating.

• Our customer contact centres have reopened to public on an appointment-only basis. However, please use our online forms, webchat, app and phone number to contact us where possible. Contact us link includes details on how to book an appointment. 

Smoke pollution

Smoke can be considered a statutory nuisance if it affects people or property. It may be an offence whether or not if it affects anyone.

The Clean Air Act 1993 makes it an offence to burn anything on an industrial or trade premises that gives rise to dark smoke. This would include plastic, insulating materials (e.g. foam) tyres and treated/ painted wood.

Barbecue season

Barbecue seasons can vary depending on the unpredictability of British weather and in some circumstances, the smoke can become an issue.

Approach your neighbour explaining the issue; it may be a case of relocating the BBQ further away from your property.

If this does not resolve the issue and your complaints are disregarded, we can look at the smoke caused and if the activities are unreasonable.

Bonfires

There are no set times for having a bonfire. However, bonfires can be dangerous and regarded as a nuisance if it affects people or property.

When a complaint is made, we will investigate to identify if the bonfire is a statutory nuisance.

If this is found to be the case and the bonfire continues, we will serve an abatement notice. In these cases we consider prosecuting the source. Although prosecution regarding domestic bonfires are rare, you may have to give evidence in court.

Before making a complaint

Approach your neighbour and discuss the problem to find the best solution. If this does not resolve the issue we may be able to help you.

When a complaint is made, we will investigate to identify if the smoke is a statutory nuisance.

We will require sufficient and accurate information and normally we must collect further evidence to build a case. If a statutory nuisance is identified, we must serve an Abatement Notice regarding the source of the problem.

If we serve a notice and the smoke continues, we may consider prosecuting the source. Although prosecution regarding domestic smoke is rare, you may have to give evidence in court.

Report a smoke nuisance

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