Our PPC challenges Brent Council on the safety of grassland


No one wants the grassland in our backyard and the front of our property to catch on fire because of overgrown grass, not to mention if it happens on the public grassland nearby.

Our PPC challenged Brent Council over this and Wembley Matters published the story! It reads as:

' Lorber challenges council on potential grassland fires in Brent as Fire Brigade issues urgent warning

Former councillor Paul Lorber has called on Brent Council to make a risk assessment of potential grassland fires in Brent as a result of the Council's 'no mowing' policy in areas of the borough's parks.

His call follows fires near Heathrow Airport and on Wanstead flats LINK and a warning from the London Fire Brigade:

 Lorber said:

I really hope that the Council is ready to prevent this kind of situation arising in Brent. If not the grass cutting and removal of tall grass from Parks and Open Spaces Policy needs to be urgently reviewed and changed.
 
Councillors and the public needs to be advised on the risks being created and how the Council will respond and take action to protect local people.

The London Fire Brigade's statement issued this morning said:

The London Fire Brigade has today issued an urgent safety warning following the largest grass fire in its history and a series of other grass fires across the capital. Firefighters are concerned that there will be further incidents if the public doesn’t take greater care during the heatwave.

London Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton, said:
This weekend we dealt with the largest grass fire in our history, as well as a range of other serious fires on grassland. The ground is extremely dry at the moment and grassland and parks will act like a tinderbox when exposed to even the smallest of sparks.

I never thought I’d say this but we are praying for rain....'

A few readers expressed their concerns too.

An anonymous reader said, 'There are glass bottles plus pieces of broken glass in the rubbish that has been dumped in the now overgrown grass and with the excessive heat they are likely to cause the dry grass to ignite. Surely the most sensible action would be for Brent Council to get the grass cut. Cost is nothing compared to safety.'

Another reader Mr. Jamie Dunn said, 'As there is no signage in our Park stating the by-laws i.e no BBQ's and no Park Wardens to enforce them, it's only a matter of time if the hot weather persists.'

The article and the comments is on the following website: https://wembleymatters.blogspot.com/2018/07/lorber-challenges-council-on-potential.html

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