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Old 10-06-2008, 19:14
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Hi folks,
there is a nature reserve by my flat, it's an old railway line thats now just a path, but off it there is about an acre of grassy area where people walk their dogs etc, its not near any residential areas, anyway as i live in a flat & have no garden i've been out there sunbathing, anyway i just wondered if i was to take a disposable BBQ say & have a few friends together to have a kick about or a game of rounders or something is there any laws preventing me from doing so? I would take all rubbish away etc i'm very anti litter & we're not a group anti socials or anything!
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Old 10-06-2008, 19:25
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I'm not sure of the legalities - I know my local council when I was growing up didn't let us have bbqs in public parks - though that's a bit different. But if you do go ahead, just find a few bricks to rest the bbq on; our council introduced that ban because of a rash of bbq-shaped scorch marks that sprang up in nice weather
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Old 10-06-2008, 19:30
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Hi folks,
there is a nature reserve by my flat, it's an old railway line thats now just a path, but off it there is about an acre of grassy area where people walk their dogs etc, its not near any residential areas, anyway as i live in a flat & have no garden i've been out there sunbathing, anyway i just wondered if i was to take a disposable BBQ say & have a few friends together to have a kick about or a game of rounders or something is there any laws preventing me from doing so? I would take all rubbish away etc i'm very anti litter & we're not a group anti socials or anything!
If its a nature reserve then the chances are that your local council will have some information on what is and isn't allowed somewhere on their website.

I've had BBQ's in a similar situation in the past, in one case the police did turn up after reports of said BBQ; They just told us that it wasn't really allowed in the area, but as we were being quiet, and resposible about things (6 liters of water by the bbq for emergencies, and appropriate receptacles for packing the bbq into after) they let us carry on and just asked that we don't do it again.

So I'd say yeah, go for it. Just think about what you're doing and what you can do if things did go wrong. ie, stay away from grass, sit the bbq on bricks to avoid marking/burning the ground, have water to hand - water that is there not for drinking, but purely to dowse the bbq should you need to. Basically, just employ some common sense.

enjoy the bbq!
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Old 10-06-2008, 19:32
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I agree with what the above posters have said, if you're sensible (and not about to start a forest fire!) I'm sure the authorities would have no problem with it. We've had bbqs in woods and on beaches before, one time the police were called, but they just told us to keep it down a bit
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:07
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Does anyone know the official ruling on BBQ's on beaches? My in laws live a stones throw from the beach and it'd be excellent in this weather, but the mrs refuses as she thinks it's again the law.

Given that it's a pebble beach (south coast) and the sea is about 10 feet away, the chances of it getting out of control and there being a fire are pretty much zero, surely?

What problem would they have? Should i contact the local council?
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:14
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Does anyone know the official ruling on BBQ's on beaches? My in laws live a stones throw from the beach and it'd be excellent in this weather, but the mrs refuses as she thinks it's again the law.

Given that it's a pebble beach (south coast) and the sea is about 10 feet away, the chances of it getting out of control and there being a fire are pretty much zero, surely?

What problem would they have? Should i contact the local council?
unless your behaviour is causing a public nuisance or endangering people or property the worst thats going to happen is you'll be asked to pack up and leave.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:15
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I wish we were more like Australia with regards to BBQs. Over there they have plenty of them in public places and you don't need to buy disposable ones.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:17
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unless your behaviour is causing a public nuisance or endangering people or property the worst thats going to happen is you'll be asked to pack up and leave.
I can't see how it could, we'd just be a few mates having a little bucket BBQ - we wouldn't even be drinking.

Thanks for the advice!
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:22
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Does anyone know the official ruling on BBQ's on beaches? ... but the mrs refuses as she thinks it's again the law.
I was at Broadstairs beach recently, and there were signs up saying

"No BBQs before 6pm"

So, it can't be illegal, but there may be local guidelines.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:28
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Thanks. I think my best bet is to ring the council next time i'm down there, but Keefy's comment is sound enough - i'm sure they've got better things to do than arrest me over a sausage...
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:39
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The words "nature reserve" sounded a faint alarm bell to me. Otherwise I can't see a problem.

But, knowing todays society, someone will probably complain about it.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:51
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Does anyone know the official ruling on BBQ's on beaches? My in laws live a stones throw from the beach and it'd be excellent in this weather, but the mrs refuses as she thinks it's again the law.

Given that it's a pebble beach (south coast) and the sea is about 10 feet away, the chances of it getting out of control and there being a fire are pretty much zero, surely?

What problem would they have? Should i contact the local council?
here is the guidelines for brighton & hoves beaches:
http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/inde...quest=c1000184

Most decent beaches should be well signposted about when and where bbq's can take place.

To the OP, as it's a nature reserve i would say it's a big no-no, but you may want to give your local cuncil a ring, fires and bbq's are usualy prohibited in these areas. whilst you are taking a sensible aproach many others do not.
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:01
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Thanks JP - sadly Arun district council (where they are, next to B&H) seem to be killjoys:

"Beach Barbecues
We do not encourage beach barbecues as there are many safety issues. Barbecues are very weather dependant and you may wish to consider a picnic or visiting one of the many food concessions sited along the seafront. Also your enjoyment may spoil it for others. If an organised event or large Beach Barbecue/Party is being considered please contact our Events Section for further advice."
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:24
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Thanks JP - sadly Arun district council (where they are, next to B&H) seem to be killjoys:

"Beach Barbecues
We do not encourage beach barbecues as there are many safety issues. Barbecues are very weather dependant and you may wish to consider a picnic or visiting one of the many food concessions sited along the seafront. Also your enjoyment may spoil it for others. If an organised event or large Beach Barbecue/Party is being considered please contact our Events Section for further advice."
Doesn't say that you can't though
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