A ban on Heath barbecues is a sensible measure

CLLR Blackwell (H&H letters August 28) has missed the point of the Corporation of London s banning of barbecues on Hampstead Heath. This is an area of outstanding natural woodland. It is soul destroying to find an ancient oak part-burnt because some drunk

CLLR Blackwell (H&H letters August 28) has missed the point of the Corporation of London's banning of barbecues on Hampstead Heath.

This is an area of outstanding natural woodland. It is soul destroying to find an ancient oak part-burnt because some drunken people have held a party under it or broken off branches to feed the fire.

These are not organised barbecues and such people would not wish to share their party in some designated zone with others. There are many themed parks across London as described by Cllr Blackwell but there are not many areas of natural woodland.

If he went to Australia, France or the USA (hopefully at his own expense and not that of the council taxpayers) he would see how controlled barbecues are there, and any infringement of the rules incurs very strict penalties - try lighting a fire in the Australian Bush, mate!


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Pamela Todd

Well Walk, NW3

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