10.07.23 – Enjoy BBQ’s responsibly, Big Green Fund
Written by Hitmix Local News on 9 July 2023
Firefighters are urging the public to enjoy BBQs responsibly this summer in an effort to limit the chances of accidental fires happening in Staffordshire.
Local communities will be taking to the outdoors to enjoy the warm weather over the next few months, but Staffordshire Fire and Rescue want to make sure that people know the risks around using open BBQs in green spaces and also the places which they are banned across the region.
Some fires are started accidentally with common causes including carelessly discarded cigarettes or rubbish left lying around in direct sunlight, but disposable barbecues are also a serious concern.
There is a complete ban on the use of BBQs and campfires within the grounds of Cannock Chase and also the Staffordshire Moorlands in order to combat this risk.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced a new community scheme, the ‘Big Green Fund’, which has been created to help tackle fly-tipping, help promote sustainable and environmentally friendly neighbourhoods, and unite residents and communities.
Up to £90,000 is available for residents and community groups to apply for to help clear and rejuvenate local brownfield sites, abandoned plots of land, unadopted alleyways, an area in a local park or small grass areas.
To find out more about the eligibility criteria and application process visit the Stoke City Council Website before the closing date which is Sunday 23 July at midnight.