Oldham and Tameside Councils have banned fires and barbecues on the moors above the local authorities.
Two Public Spaces Protections Orders (PSPOs) will be put in place from last Friday to protect huge swathes of land – and wildlife – following a number of devastating fires over the last few years.
The orders come into force in time for the Bonfire period – traditionally one of the busiest times for the emergency services due to the number of fires and fireworks being set off.
We’ve introduced the orders following a consultation. We asked residents and interested parties and stakeholders, such as United Utilities (UU) and the RSPB, for their views on the PSPOs and a large majority supported the proposal.
From November 1 anyone found lighting a fire, barbecue, or other objects such as fireworks and sky lanterns, will be given a fixed penalty notice of £100, or face prosecution.
Failure to pay any fixed penalty amount could also lead to prosecution.
Councillor Arooj Shah, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council and Cabinet Member for Social Justice and Communities, said: “Our moorland is some of the most beautiful countryside in England and must be protected.
“That is why we’ve worked with Tameside Council and our partners in the police, UU, RSPB and fire service to put these orders in place.
“Prohibiting barbecues and fires sends a clear and strong message and these orders are in place to stop damage to property and possibly life.
“We want residents and visitors to enjoy these areas but at the same time people need to be responsible and respect the moors.”