Burning of hedge cuttings the cause of ‘acrid smoke’ in Watermead

The bonfire in Watermead
The bonfire in Watermead
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The burning of hedge cuttings on a bonfire has been identified as the reason for acrid smoke which has been blowing across Watermead for more than a week.

The Herald was contacted by a villager saying a fire had been burning on farmland behind Kestrel Way and Pintail Close for more than a week.

Depending on which way the wind was blowing, acrid smoke would then blow across the estate.

A spokesman for Watermead Parish Council said: “We received an enquiry from a resident about acrid smoke and when we investigated found that it was caused by a landowner cutting his hedge and disposing of the cuttings on a bonfire.”

In correspondence seen by this newspaper, Aylesbury Vale District Council told a resident who complained about it that if the farm had a permit for commercial burning there were no restrictions it could impose.