Barbecue warning after damage to parks

Visitors have been warned to think before they use barbecues at beauty spots following damage at a popular Fylde coast site.

Thursday, 13th April 2017, 3:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:02 pm
Damage has been reported at Fairhaven Lake

Benches were burned and patches of earth left scorched at Fairhaven Lake over the weekend.

A similar burned patch has also been reported in Lytham Green.

It had prompted calls for the public to take more care with portable barbecues with dry summer months ahead.

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Mark Bamforth, who represents St John’s Ward in Lytham on Fylde Council highlighted the damage, which happened during last weekend’s warm weather.

He said: “It just needs a bit of common sense.

“If you’re using one of these portable barbecues it isn’t the best idea to have it on the table which can melt.

“Then we’ve got people apparently bringing down drum barbecues.

“That isn’t right and you can see the mess that has been left behind.

“These places are for everybody and we shouldn’t let one or two people spoil it.

“We don’t want to ban barbecues all together but people have to be sensible.

“People should take more care and treat the area with respect.

“They should leave our beautiful spots exactly as they found them.”

Coun Bamforth said Fylde Council should not have to worry about the cost of replacing damaged furniture.

He also raised concerns over the use of barbecues on dry grass during the summer and an increased risk of fire.