Council gets it wrong on wood burners

FANNING THE FLAMES: Have officials got it wrong about wood burners
FANNING THE FLAMES: Have officials got it wrong about wood burners
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On reading the article “Are you breaking fire laws?” (Spenborough Guardian, January 21) I think our over-zealous council officials have been viewing two many episodes of Crime Watch and got it wrong again.

The Clean Air Act referred to has been updated several times since the 1950s, and has recently been before Parliament on September 6, 2010, and coming into force on October 1, 2010, in the form of The Smoke Control Areas (Exempted fireplaces) (no2) order 2010.

The exemption list is several hundreds long, and contains nearly every wood and multi-fuel burner on sale in England.

Before an exemption order is issued every fire is extensively tested by Government approved inspectors.

The exemption lists fuel authorised under certain conditions which can be used in smoke controlled areas.

These include wood logs, wood pellets, wood chips, untreated dry wood, hardwood off cuts, softwood off cuts, chipboard - the list is a long one and includes bituminous coal.

The list can be found at www.legislation.gov.uk/uk.si/2010/2173/pdts/uk

I think officials of the council would make better use of their time by splitting Kirklees down the middle at the River Calder so that we, at this side, could get on with the job instead of watching things go up in smoke – like our hard earned council tax.

P FAWCETT

St Peg Lane

CLECKHEATON