Last year’s fires took 3 weeks to fully extinguish, often in 30 degree heat, costing millions and devastating the local environment. It was incredibly frustrating that it took months of fighting the Government by the Mayor Andy Burnham and myself for them to pay up and show us the money they promised to contribute to the unprecedented costs. Over 12 months on, Greater Manchester are finally starting to receive their support.
On a more positive note, however, I am delighted to support Tameside and Oldham Councils in their efforts to ban the use of barbecues, fireworks, Chinese lanterns or open fires on a large around of moorland at risk of fire. TMBC and Oldham are both consulting separately on these proposals at present, with breaching the order proposed to be enforced by way of a fixed penalty (£90) or by way of summons to court (maximum fine of £1,000). The consultation is open until 5 August & is available via the following link: https://www.tameside.gov.uk/tbc/pspoconsultation. I would encourage everyone to engage with the consultation and support these moves.
Calls for bans have started from grassroots protests and I’d like to thank all the constituents woo have been in touch and helped support this push.