Moorland Wildfires - PSPO

Closed 7 Dec 2022

Opened 9 Nov 2022

Results expected 7 Dec 2022

Feedback expected 7 Dec 2022


Have your say on introducing measures to prevent West Pennine Moorland fires.

Chorley Council would like to hear your views on a new proposal to ban BBQs, open flames like campfires and camping stoves, fireworks and Chinese lanterns from moorlands in Rivington, to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Wildfires occur regularly on moorland in Rivington. Most are caused by human activity, including using disposable BBQs, lighting campfires, and setting off fireworks.  These wildfires can tie up huge resources for extended periods.  At the height of the moorland fires in 2018, 220 firefighters, 100 soldiers, 57 fire engines and a helicopter were in operation across Rivington and Greater Manchester.

These restrictions would take the form of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) and, if adopted, would prohibit activities within the boundaries of the PSPO which have been identified as carrying a significant risk of causing wildfires. If implemented, the restrictions would make it a criminal offence to contravene the regulations and could lead to fines ranging from £100 to £1,000.  

Chorley, Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen Councils are working in partnership to implement the PSPO and  should the orders be made, it is intended that they will come into force on the same date and contain identical terms to avoid confusion along the contiguous geographical boarder.


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