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The MP calls for a ban on disposable barbecues on moors and beaches

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North Devon MP Selaine Saxby is also calling for them to be banned in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

She said she was “not proposing to ban the great British barbecue” but “to ensure we can all safely enjoy our beautiful beaches and landscapes without damaging them”.

It comes after several serious fires broke out in the south-west over the summer due to disposable barbecues.

One of the worst was Baggy Point in North Devon, where more than five and a half hectares were burned.

The flame destroyed the habitat of several species and experts warned it will take years for the country to recover.

Selaine Saxby said rising temperatures combined with droughts this summer “turned Britain into a powder keg”, adding that such conditions “are likely to become more regular”.

“We need to adapt our approach to hot weather and one of the products causing some of the biggest problems for local communities is disposable grills,” she added.

“This bill does not propose to ban the great British barbecue. Instead, it aims to ensure that we can all safely enjoy our beautiful beaches and landscapes without damaging them.

“While disposable grills only cost a few euros, they can do a lot more.

“This law seeks to ban their use on a very limited basis to allow local authorities to act where we know there is a high risk of disposable barbecues causing serious harm.

“We cannot continue to allow the right to burn a sausage anywhere causing so much damage and destruction, costing so much to our vital public services when it comes to barbecue waste disposal. The time to act is now.”

The long cooling time of disposable grills causes problems, she said, adding, “This means people can’t move them when they’re done with them, so still let them burn or carry them when they’re cool enough to pick them up, but still smolder. in a bin.”

She said local authorities would then have to deal with the litter, which “can damage the grass it’s dumped on, harm wildlife and can heat up on sand, and cause injuries to children and pets.”

Society is “moving away from the single-use culture,” the MP said, adding: “We run successful campaigns every summer to educate people about the risks of water in hot weather. It’s about time we got to grips with the risks these disposal grills pose as well.”

Her one-way barbecue bill is on the list for a second reading on January 20 but is unlikely to come into force due to a lack of parliamentary time.

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