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Brighton and Hove Greens warn of pollution risk of Yuletide logs
Yuletide logs on an open fire should be shunned this Christmas, Brighton and Hove City Council has warned.
It is urging residents to forego the pleasures of an open wood fire over the winter in order to cut pollution.
A spokesman said that while they were becoming “increasingly fashionable”, open fires burn fuel inefficiently, pollute the air and are illegal in parts of the city.
Brighton has five Smoke Control Areas covering the city centre and Bevendean, in which burning wood on open fires is banned.
Residents must use “approved stoves” or smokeless fuel in those areas or face a fine of up to £1,000. The council said that open fires had become increasingly fashionable in recent years.
Homes have also been turning to wood because of rocketing energy prices.
But according to a council survey, nearly half of city wood burners use an open fire rather than a stove.
Councillor Ollie Sykes, deputy chair of the environment committee, said: “A decade ago hardly anyone used solid fuel.
“But now it is really taking off, with people using stoves and fireplaces at home and businesses looking to use wood pellet and chip systems to provide heating and hot water. Wood can be an eco-friendly fuel if used correctly.
“As winter approaches we’re trying to explain to people how they can use these fuels in a way that protects their safety and minimises the risk of air pollution problems.”
For more information on the council’s call to limit the use of wood fires, visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk.