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you don't start a bonfire at 4pm on a sunny day, especially not sunday

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stolenview Sun 07-Jun-15 16:23:17

My asbo type pensioner neighbour below me, has just started a bonfire. All the house windows were open, I was enjoying being in the garden and I had washing on the line.

Now my washing stinks, house stinks and can't sit in my garden.I know I'm nbu, is there a law against this?

ilovesooty Sun 07-Jun-15 16:26:52

Is this neighbours with the trees?

It doesn't sound very pleasant but I have limited sympathy for someone who refers to an "asbo style pensioner"

Lottiedoubtie Sun 07-Jun-15 16:27:44

lovely day for a fire?

Unless he's burning plastic or something else anti social yabu.

Mrsmorton Sun 07-Jun-15 16:28:09

Would it have made a difference if he wasn't a pensioner?

There isn't a "law". Have you looked on your council website? There's usually info about what they recommend and it varies from council to council. It's pretty antisocial of him but then I'm not sure there's ever a good time to have one if you live in an urban environment?

Mrsmorton Sun 07-Jun-15 16:28:38

Oh, does he actually have an ASBO? Is it to do with bonfires?

FeelingSmurfy Sun 07-Jun-15 16:30:03

Wonder if you live near us, we have had to shut all windows and doors and stay inside so it doesn't kick my asthma off

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Sun 07-Jun-15 16:30:04

Does this also apply to BBQs? Because I'm just about to light ours confused.

ghostyslovesheep Sun 07-Jun-15 16:31:35

I'm not sure there's ever a good time to have one if you live in an urban environment

this ^

I like peace and quiet - me neighbour is cleaning his car and playing the radio - on the other side the kids are on the trampoline and the BBQ is on the go

it's called life!

Bonfires are a pain but so are lots of things

FuckyNell Sun 07-Jun-15 16:32:55

if my neighbour had a bonfire at 4pm on a hot sunny day I'd be calling them worse than 'asbo style pensioner' grin

Yanbu

stolenview Sun 07-Jun-15 16:33:32

The local rumour is he has an asbo for hitting children with his cane that played in his front lawn. Doesn't matter how old anyone is, just giving reference to the character. Very much a live lived here 60 years so I trump everyone else and can do as I please type.

stolenview Sun 07-Jun-15 16:34:25

BBQ are very different to a bonfire!

FuckyNell Sun 07-Jun-15 16:34:51

Bbq however - Rock on.

GoblinLittleOwl Sun 07-Jun-15 16:37:24

This is on a par with people in pubs complaining because they can smell the cigarette smoke from outside whenever the outside door opens. (I don't smoke.)

KidLorneRoll Sun 07-Jun-15 16:37:54

Cool story bro.

GoblinLittleOwl Sun 07-Jun-15 16:39:12

And if he is a pensioner he probably doesn't expect washing to be out at 4pm on a Sunday.

maninawomansworld Sun 07-Jun-15 16:43:59

YANBU. For a bonfire at this time of year I would say much before 7pm is a bit U and before 5pm I'd be going round to have a polite word.

FarFromAnyRoad Sun 07-Jun-15 16:48:59

Kill him when you kill his trees. Or whatever the story was. Just kill everyone. Job done.

fatnan76 Sun 07-Jun-15 16:57:17

I googled because I though there were limited times you could burn waster between. Looks like I was wrong.

www.gov.uk/garden-bonfires-rules

incredibly selfish though.

KillmeNow Sun 07-Jun-15 16:58:19

Its really annoying especially on a sunny day but theres not much you can do unless this is a regularly recurring activity unfortunately.

Take the washing in ,close the windows that are affected and try to ignore . Thats the best way all round .Anything else will just escalate and you may end up being the loser.

TheSweeper Sun 07-Jun-15 17:02:13

Our neighbour in a row of closely-packed South London semis, for god's sake was happily stoking their bonfire at 11 am this morning, as I hung out my washing (yes, I'm a slattern; my mother would have a fit if she knew).

I was peeved. Last time I cat-sit one of their scrawny moggies! grin

ilovesooty Sun 07-Jun-15 17:04:53

just giving reference to the character

Yeah. Sure. hmm

RubieWoo Sun 07-Jun-15 17:08:16

I live opposite an estate and it looks like they're having a little party on their green with booming music and a bouncy castle. Pretty annoying when I want some quiet peace!

RubieWoo Sun 07-Jun-15 17:09:07

Soz, nothing to do with your thread. Reminded me of annoying neighbours

Luciferbox Sun 07-Jun-15 17:09:12

My neighbour has started a fire too, I'm not pleased. No warning. All windows now shut, washing stinks and we cannot use our garden. Cheers mate.

imisstaxdiscs Sun 07-Jun-15 17:23:39

You can't compare a whiff of cigarette smoke from a beer garden, or barbecues on a sunny afternoon, to a bonfire IMO. The volume of smoke is dramatically higher and the kinds of things burnt on a bonfire often produce foul-smelling smoke. I've come across bonfires you could smell a twenty minute walk away (yes, really - one of the big million-pound houses with grounds to clear, and some particularly damp smoky garden waste). I've also struggled with breathing within 100m or so of some bonfires. Unless you're quite isolated I feel they are pretty much always antisocial.

Anyway they should save it up for bonfire night grin

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