MIRTH Anti-cig council told to butt out
A SEASIDE council has been accused of behaving like a “nanny state” after revealing plans to ban outdoor smoking from public parks.
Officials in Blackpool want to erect signs at the entrances to 13 parks and playing fields in the resort advising the public the areas are now “smoke free” sites.
Campaigners fear the move might lead to a new by-law which could fine anybody caught lighting up as they take a stroll outside.
Conservative councillor Henry Mitchell, a member of Blackpool Council’s health committee, said: “This decision smacks of common sense having gone out of the window.
“I don’t smoke, but I can respect the fact other people do and while I recognise we need to prevent young people from smoking. I think this really is going too far.”