Disaster for British summer as sunseekers face horror disposable barbecue ban

One of the staples of the Great British summer is now under threat as the Government mulls a ban on sizzling sausages in the park.

Officials at Number 10 have launched a review into restricting sales of disposable barbecues in the UK, with the new measure potentially being introduced in time for the summer.

It comes after concerns were raised following reports of forest fires being started by the campsite favourite.

Single-use barbecues are responsible for 4% of serious accidental wildfires, according to Home Office data.

Speaking on the potential ban, Environment minister Victoria Prentis said: “Disposable barbecues, if used correctly, do not, in themselves, pose a wildfire risk.

“It is when they are left unattended, or used recklessly, that the risk occurs."

The minister also admitted that, while the government "do not have enough data" yet to definitively prove how many fires are started by BBQs, "anecdotal evidence" suggested that they had "been responsible for a number of serious incidents".

Labour Shadow Minister for Crime Reduction and Courts, Holly Walker-Lynch, meanwhile said that said that firefighters in West Yorkshire had already had to attend 75 serious wildfires so far this year.

Though highlighting the "scale of the problem and devastation it causes", she also acknowledged that a ban "sounds like a big step".

Ms Lynch added that although councils do already have the authority to clamp down on barbecues in public areas by using Public Space Protection Orders, they should not always be "expected to pick up the bill".

Discount supermarket Aldi announced a ban on the cooking device last month, claiming that this would cut out 35 tonnes of single-use waste per year.

They asked their shoppers to consider mini portable barbecues instead. Waitrose have also taken the item off their shelves, cutting out a reported 70,000 disposable barbecues each year.

Many parks and beaches across the UK already have local bans on single-use barbeques in place.

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