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Have a say on future of Leicester’s smoke control area

Published on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

PEOPLE are being asked for their views on city council plans to re-declare Leicester’s smoke control area.

Smoke control areas were first introduced as part of the Clean Air Act 1956. Their purpose was to tackle problems associated with smog, mainly from the burning of coal. The act made it an offence to cause smoke to be emitted from a chimney within a declared smoke control area.

Only authorised ‘smokeless fuel’ or specifically exempted appliances can be legally used in a smoke control area.

The existing smoke control area in Leicester was declared through 38 separate smoke control orders, issued between 1958 and 1975.

Leicester City Council now wants to simplify this by revoking the existing 38 orders and re-declaring the whole city as a smoke control area under one order.

As part of this, the city council has launched a consultation to invite views and comments on the proposal. This could include suggestions for specific provisions or exemptions based on area, class of building or model of fireplace or burner.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, said: “Like most cities, Leicester has seen a growing number of homes and businesses turning to wood or biomass as a low carbon and often more affordable fuel source for heating.

“We don’t want to stop that, but we do need to send out a clear message across the city that you must use authorised smokeless fuels or ensure that your appliance is legally exempt.

“We all have a role to play in helping to make Leicester’s air cleaner and healthier, and controlling smoke pollution from our chimneys is one way we can do that.”

People can have their say on the proposals by completing a short online questionnaire at consultations.leicester.gov.uk

Closing date is Sunday 13 August.