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Enfield Council in parks fire plea

Published Monday, 02 April 2012

Enfield Council is urging residents and park users to be vigilant in the current dry spell to avoid the risk of fire in its parks and open spaces.

Signs will be erected around the borough from today (Monday), warning people that barbecues are not allowed in parks and advising them not to carelessly discard cigarettes or litter as they present a fire risk in the current drought conditions.

Enfield is one of the largest and greenest boroughs in London and has hundreds of acres of park and open space which are potentially vulnerable to grass fires. The warning comes after wildfires broke out in recent weeks at a number of locations in Wales and Northern England as a result of dry conditions.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "Enfield has some of the best parks in London and we want people to come out and enjoy them, but I'd urge them to be careful and dispose of their cigarette butts and litter responsibly to ensure they don't present a fire risk.

"I know it is tempting to have a barbecue and a few drinks in the sunny weather, but I'd urge people to resist the temptation to have a barbecue in the park. We're not trying to be kill joys but the last thing we need is to be dealing with dangerous fires sweeping across our borough, destroying our beautiful parklands and endangering life."

Park users who spot barbecues being used should contact the Parks Police on 020 8379 1000 or call 999 if they spot a fire.

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