Barbecue warning after child's beach injury

A stern reminder of the ban on barbecues at Fylde’s sands has been issued by Fylde Council after a young beachgoer suffered an injury caused by one.

Monday, 19th July 2021, 3:41 pm

The council said on social media that one of its beach rangers had had to give first aid to a child who stepped on a buried disposable barbecue on the dunes and had to attend hospital.

“This is why they are not permitted,” said the council post.

“Anyone seen to be breaching the PSPO (Public Space Protection Order) faces fines of up to £1,000.”

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A Fylde Council spokesman said the injured boy was aged around 10 from Preston, who accidentally stood on the mesh metal frame of a disposable barbecue buried in the sand.

"The frame edging stuck into his foot about an inch deep," said the spokesman. "First aid was administered and they were advised to seek medical help by going to the hospital."

Coun Roger Small, chairman of Fylde Council's operational management committee, said: "Sadly we have seen yet again the results of people flouting the bye laws, that are there to protect all of us.

"Whether it is, like this, an injury to a person or an animal, or particularly at this time the risk of fire, we are again asking for people's co-operation.

"The council will not hesitate to invoke fines for flagrant disregard of these bye laws."

The PSPO covering barbecues came into effect in Fylde on July 1, 2019 and runs for three years.

Brought in following a number of open air fires in the area that year, the orders prohibit barbecues and outdoor cooking on a number of the borough’s open spaces, including beaches.

The tourism and leisure committee chairman at the time, Coun Cheryl Little, said when they were introduced: “We want residents and visitors to use parks, open spaces and beaches responsibly and safely.

"We hope they will understand why we have had to take this action, and will enjoy a simple picnic while visiting.”

Initial Fixed Penalty Notices are for £50 with a court fine of up to £1,000 for failure to pay.

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