10 GUY FAWKES Coun­cil bon­fire ‘hit squads’ pa­trol streets

Mes­sage on safety

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea Lam­brou

A call has gone out to East Kil­bride res­i­dents to re­mem­ber, re­mem­ber and re­port any con­cerns over po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous bon­fires to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

The lo­cal author­ity works closely with the fire ser­vice and lo­cal part­ner agen­cies to raise aware­ness of the risks and dangers as­so­ci­ated with bon­fires and fire­works.

A ded­i­cated bon­fire ‘hit squad’ is as­signed to each of the four areas that make up South La­nark­shire to safely dis­man­tle and re­move unau­tho­rised fires which have been built on coun­cil land.

They will be as­sisted again this year by the com­mu­nity war­dens’ mobile CCTV van which will be out and about help­ing spot po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous bon­fires early enough to have them re­moved.

East Kil­bride Cen­tral South coun­cil­lor John An­der­son is chair of the coun­cil’s com­mu­nity and en­ter­prise re­sources com­mit­tee.

He said: “This ini­tia­tive to re­move unau­tho­rised bon­fires is a great ex­am­ple of how the coun­cil works with part­ners to tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and demon­strates how ef­fec­tive part­ner­ship work­ing can be in achiev­ing real results in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Com­mu­nity war­dens and coun­cil work­ers go­ing about their du­ties in the com­mu­nity will also be on the look­out for po­ten­tial prob­lems for the hit squads to tackle – and known hot spots will be closely mon­i­tored.

Coun­cil­lor An­der­son added: “To sup­port the ini­tia­tive, mem­bers of the pub­lic who have con­cerns over bon­fires in their com­mu­nity are asked dur­ing of­fice hours to ring 0303 123 1020 (Mon­day to Thurs­day 8.45am to 4.45 pm and Fri­day 8.45am to 4.15pm).

“Outwith th­ese hours, con­tact our 24-hour hot­line num­ber on 0800 242024 and our bon­fire hit squads will in­ves­ti­gate.”

Out and about South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has set up hit squads to dis­man­tle il­le­gal bon­fires

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