Council to team up with police to prevent unauthorised bonfires

Angus Council is teaming up with Police Scotland, Tayside Division, to help keep residents safe during Guy Fawkes Night.

The local authority has revealed that they are working with local police to keep a look out for any illegal bonfires being built on council land. Residents are reminded not to build on land without permission as they pose a safety threat to nearby homes, businesses and vehicles and they will be swiftly dismantled.

Neighbourhood services convener, councillor Donald Morrison said: “This is the third year that we have worked in conjunction with the emergency services to remove any illegal bonfires constructed on council land. This is primarily in the interest of safety and to protect the environment and we would ask residents to be particularly vigilant at this time of year.”

“It really is important that we get the message across that although November 5 is a night of fun and celebration, the use and abuse of bonfires bring a number of dangers which can end in tragedy.”

Chief Inspector Gordon Milne said: “We would encourage people to attend organised bonfire displays or events rather than having their own bonfire which could pose a risk to their safety. Unauthorised bonfires can lead to damaged property and also increase the risk of injury.

“The safety of our communities is our main priority and we will deal firmly with anyone who poses a risk to others and their property. If any member of the public is aware of youths collecting materials for unauthorised bonfires they should get in touch with Tayside Division on 101.”

Members of the public who have concerns in relation to bonfires or bonfire materials can report this to the council’s ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778 or the police by calling 101.