Got a local grotspot?

abandoned bikeCouncillors are being asked to nominate areas for special attention by the City Council’s Enforcement team, which acts on a range of environmental nuisances such as fly tipping, litter, graffiti, verge parking, abandoned vehicles, and dog-related offences. (NB This team does not deal with parking nuisance.)

I am aware of many local grotspots for litter, such as near the sixth-form college and in passageways between streets, eg Hulatt Road; and we are well aware of the littering around Addenbrooke’s, especially smoking-related rubbish. Bikes (possibly stolen ones) are frequently dumped in the park or passageway near my home, while dog fouling is another recurrent complaint.If you haven’t already been in touch about your local grotspot, please contact me or George, Tim or Viki.

At the South Area meeting next Monday, December 8th, we will nominate areas for action, and decide sites for new bins. The meeting is open to the public and is at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre, starting at 7pm. Here is a link to the agenda.



From time to time I am asked whether bonfires are allowed in private gardens. While they are a useful way to get rid of garden waste, the smoke can be annoying for neighbours.

There is no specific law banning garden bonfires or the times you can light them. The Council can only take action if the bonfire is causing a statutory nuisance. According to the Environmental Protection Act of 1990 this would be ‘smoke, fumes or gases emitted from premises so as to be prejudicial to health or a nuisance’

Contact the City Council by ringing 457890 or emailing [email protected] if the bonfires are:

  • frequent
  • emitting black smoke
  • burning rubber, plastic, foam or paint

Contact the police if the smoke is drifting across the road so as to endanger traffic, as the bonfire burner could face a fine under the Highways Act of 1980.