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Bonfire Night 2016

To help residents enjoy Bonfire Night safely and without nuisance problems, the Council - working with the Police, Lancashire Fire and Rescue, and other local partners - has designated eight bonfire sites in Skelmersdale.

Bonfire sites

In Skelmersdale, bonfires will only be allowed at eight specially designated sites owned by the Council. Bonfires can be built and lit from 4.30pm on Saturday 5 November 2016. The sites are:

  • Abbeystead (on the right hand side on the grassed area)
  • Alderley (on the left hand side on the grass by the subway to Pimbo)
  • Bankfield (left hand side on the grass)
  • Evington (left hand side by the play area)
  • Eskbank (grassed area at the entrance)
  • Hallcroft Field (grassed area by the play area)
  • The Winsters (grassed area on right hand side)
  • Railway Road (grassed area to the rear of Woodrow)

Report a bonfire problem

If you have concerns about a bonfire contact the Council on 01695 577177 during office hours. Every effort will be made by Council staff to remove the bonfire if:

  • It is not on a designated site but is on council-owned land and
  • It has been built outside the agreed dates and times or could be dangerous

If a bonfire has been lit outside the permitted times, is dangerous, or is on a site not designated for this purpose that is not Council land, please dial 999 and ask for the police and fire service.

For advice call  Ormskirk Fire Station on 01695 572223 or Skelmersdale Fire Station on 01695 723853.

Get firework and bonfire advice

Anyone considering organising a public firework display or bonfire can contact the Council's Commercial Safety Unit on 01695 585352 for more information.

Fireservice (external link) provides advice if you are planning to organise a display.

For fire safety advice call Ormskirk Fire Station on 01695 572223 or Skelmersdale on 01695 723853 or visit Lancashire Fire and Rescue (external link).

Visit the Bonfire Night Safety website (external link) for more information.

Keeping bonfire night safe

A special bonfire strategy has been drawn up in a bid to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and unauthorised fires that can happen on 5 November.

Cleansing operations have been speeded up, so any flammable rubbish has been cleared away quickly. Residents are advised to take extra care of bins, boxes and bags, and secure them where possible so others can’t pull them out and start fires with the waste material. Bin collection days in Skelmersdale are Thursday and Friday, so residents should avoid presenting their bins before their collection day to stop them from being misused on bonfire night.

The partners are also keen to ensure that waste is not fly-tipped in the run up to bonfire night. Last year the Council issued two formal cautions in this regard. This year, officers will be looking out for anyone using bonfire night as an excuse to dump waste and will not hesitate to take appropriate action. The maximum fine for fly-tipping materials is £50,000.