The Darker Nights programme looks to point people in the direction of official firework displays and bonfire events that are being organised by licensed and fully trained operators. The following events have been confirmed so far in the Newcastle vicinity.
Thursday 5th November / 6.30pm
Ouseburn Community Centre, City Stadium, Shieldfield
Saturday 7th November / Gates open at 6.15pm
Bonfire & firework display (commences at 7pm)
Gosforth Round Table, Broadway West playing fields
Tickets on gate – children £2, adults £4
All proceeds go to local charities and good causes.
Sunday 8th November / Gates open at 5pm
Newcastle Cricket Club, Jesmond, Osborne Avenue
Firework display (entertainment commences at 5.45pm / fireworks display 7pm)
The City Council has teamed up with Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) to deliver awareness and prevention messages as part of the Darker Nights campaign that will keep people safe and maybe save somebody’s life. This will involve numerous community events and a schools education programme.
One of the areas high on the agenda is making sure that back lanes throughout the city are clear of bulky waste and rubbish bags that could be used to create illegal bonfires. People are being urged to dispose of their items in residential refuse bins or at one of the three approved recycling centres at Byker, Brunswick and Walbottle. For further details please visitwww.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste
Councillor Nick Kemp, Chair of Safe Newcastle, said: “As the dark nights draw in and we get close to bonfire night, we really must look to make sure that we keep an eye on the fly tipping and general rubbish being left in back lanes. We know from experience that the rubbish dumped is often used for unofficial bonfires which can lead to all kinds of problems, from safety of the people involved but also damage to property and of worry to elderly residents.
“Our enforcement officers will be out monitoring the streets and back lanes to look to prevent bulky items being dumped and left and to prevent people collecting rubbish for unofficial fires. The City holds a number of official organised bon fires and we encourage people to attend these events.
“We would like to stress that the Council will prosecute those individuals or businesses who break the law and choose to ignore warnings and littering and fly tipping.”
All year round the Council operates the “Keep it Clean” campaign that is aimed at encouraging behavioural change amongst people who litter, fly-tip and don’t pick up after their pets in Newcastle. It is hoped this campaign will help to stamp out a problem that has a knock-on effect across the city.
Also, Your Homes Newcastle, the arm’s-length management organisation responsible for managing the city’s council housing have been delivering over 30 clean-up events that run through until 5th November.
This gives residents the chance to clear out any rubbish from their gardens before Bonfire Night. During the events, skips will be delivered to estates across the city and Your Homes Newcastle staff will be out-and-about helping people to make use of the temporary resources. Quite often rubbish left in resident’s gardens can be set alight or used on illegal bonfires so people are being encouraged to take this opportunity to have a clean-up and help keep their estates safe and tidy.
A list of the remaining community clean-up events are available at www.yhn.org.uk/events.aspx.
If residents wish to report to the Council any illegal bonfires or staked up materials they can post a message on Twitter at@NewcastleCC via Face Book or by calling 0191 278 7878.