Portable BBQs causing problems in Plymouth beauty spot

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Council warns against the use of BBQs on the grass at Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth City Council has released a warning to locals and tourists who are planning a visit to the beauty spot surrounding Smeaton’s Tower, as residents complain about the ugly burn marks left in the grass by portable BBQs during last weekend’s sunny spell.

The burn patches, dotted around the popular natural destination of Plymouth Hoe, have been labelled a “complete eyesore” by one local business woman, who also complained about unthinking individuals who dispose of their BBQs in the public bins, often causing fires there too.

Plymouth Hoe suffers from burn marks left by portable BBQs

Smeaton’s Tower at Plymouth Hoe

According to Councillor Mike Leaves, from Plymouth City Council, “there have been a few incidents recently” when public waste bins have caught fire and the fire service has had to attend.

Since last weekend’s warm weather, when locals and visitors were making the most of the spectacular sea views to be had from Smeaton’s Tower, scores of new burn marks have appeared, caused by hot BBQs being placed on the grass.

As a result, council officials from Plymouth City Council have issued a warning to Plymouth Hoe visitors, asking them “to have a bit of common sense” when enjoying portable BBQs at the beauty spot and when disposing of them once used.

Councillor Leaves said: “The Hoe is one of the most popular spaces in Plymouth and we want people to enjoy it, but we are also reminding everyone who is using this beautiful space to make sure they treat it with respect by disposing of their litter correctly.”

Visitors were also asked to use their BBQs on the stone slabs which are dotted throughout the grass, or, if these are all in use, to place their BBQs on a stand to avoid causing scorch marks.

Some Plymouth locals think that a simple warning is not enough and that the council should consider imposing a ban on the use of portable BBQs in Plymouth Hoe.

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