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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Smoke Control Areas

What is a smoke control area?

The first Clean Air Act was introduced in 1956 as a result of one of the worst environmental disasters recorded in this country when in February 1952 over 4000 deaths in a five day period were attributed to a London Smog caused mainly by coal burning in industrial and domestic heating fires.

The Clean Air Acts, now consolidated into the Clean Air Act 1993, allowed Councils to establish Smoke Control Areas to improve air quality by the use of alternative heating sources or the burning of cleaner fuels. It is an offence to emit smoke in a Smoke Control Area, and those people who continue to flout this law could be taken to court and fined up to £1,000. Please note that Smoke Control Areas do not relate to garden or allotment bonfires.

Which areas are subject to Smoke Control?

The parishes of Ramsgreave & Simonstone

What fuels may be burned in a Smoke Control Area?

Smokeless fuels such as gas, electricity and anthracite together with specified brands of manufactured solid smokeless fuels. These fuels have passed tests to confirm that they are capable of burning in an open fireplace without producing smoke.

Exempt Applinaces

Exempt appliances are appliances (ovens, wood burners and stoves) which have been exempted by Statutory Instruments (Orders) under the Clean Air Act 1993 or Clean Air (Northern Ireland) Order 1981. These have passed tests to confirm that they are capable of burning an unauthorised or inherently smoky solid fuel without emitting smoke.

For further advice regarding smoke control areas, fuels and heating appliances, or if you wish to make a complaint about smoke from a chimney, please email matthew.riding@ribblevalley.gov.uk or telephone him on 01200 414470.