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Please could there be more restrictions on private use of fireworks. The White Hart pub in Hailsham had a huge fireworks display on Friday night...almost two weeks before the actual date. Surely it would be common courtesy that they send fliers out to all local residents to warn them that this is taking place. Fireworks can be pretty distressing for young children and pets. Advance warning could alleviate some off the stresses caused to the children and parents dealing with petrified children!! Alternatively may be only allow Fireworks the two weekends closest to the 5th Nov. That way parents can prepare. I am not talking about the small fireworks as they are not too loud but the huge professional ones were vibrating our house tonight.
I agree with you that it would have not only been courteous but good customer relations to notify nearby residents of the likely event. Sudden loud fireworks can be disturbing for the elderly, young children and pets.
The use of fireworks is not a licensable activity so the Local Authority can not restrict firework use at a public house through the Premises Licence.
The Fireworks Regulations 2004 are enforced by the police. The Regulations restrict the use of fireworks from between 7am to 11pm with the exceptions of the 5 November when firework use is permitted to midnight and to 1am the following day for New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali. Category 4 fireworks used for professional displays are only available to registered firework professionals. The fireworks industry has agreed a voluntary code of practice which limits the sale of fireworks to the general public to the three weeks before 5 November and for a few days after.
It is unlikely that a firework display would constitute a statutory noise nuisance if the activity took place on an infrequent basis, particularly at this time of the year.
If the pub was having firework displays on a frequent basis, for example as part of organised parties or weddings, then the Council would investigate the matter.
You may have already done this, but it may be worthwhile contacting the pub and asking if you can be informed of any such events which they may be planning in the future.
I wrote to you about a fortnight ago about the lack of consistent bin collection in Old Heathfield. My brown bin has not been emptied for over 4 weeks (missed the last two). Endless problems with the recycling bins as well.
I can't believe, from anecdotal evidence from people in other areas who are having the same problems that you have achieved 98% satisfaction. I telephone and report the missed collections and am told that it will be reported to Kier and will be looked into. Looking into it is not enough. Please, as their employer, make them DO something about their unsatisfactory service. I live in an area of 'outstanding natural beauty'. By the time the next collection is due my brown bin will have been out in the road for 6 weeks.... I wonder what tourists think? Third world country or council?
Dear Mrs Eleanor Jean Barnes
Thank you for your ask the Leader e-mails of the 14/10 and 23/10.
I do understand your frustration and irritation of the erratic service some Wealden residents, including yourself, are receiving from our contractor, Kier. The percentage of households not receiving the correct level of service is relatively low but clearly approx 1600 a week is not acceptable.
I and the portfolio holder have been meeting with Kier every week for the past few weeks. The response to our complaints has been too slow and often it is the same households affected each time. The data does show a 98% collection rate. The Council does do more than look into the problem and we are exerting all the pressure we can to get them to bring the service levels to the standard in the contract, 99.5%. This is what Wealden residents require and rightfully demand. The discussion we are having with Kier are robust and it is very frustrating that it is taking longer than it should to sort out the collection problems. They need to provide the contracted service on the correct day.
The cost of waste collection is 52p per week but, of course, being a property tax, the amount each households pays in tax varies significantly. A Council Tax in Band A pays a lot less than a Band H for the same range of services. However I have made it clear to officers that any surplus on the “penalties” should be returned to the Wealden Community but this will not be to individual taxpayers. Of the Council tax you pay only 11% is retained by Wealden, the rest goes to County Council, Police , Fire and Parish/towns.
I do apologise for the service levels you have received and the Council is working as hard, and as quickly as it can, to restore the service to its previous levels. Kier delivered a good service from April to July but after the service change, which should have provided an enhanced service with increased recycling items at the kerbside and a saving for the Council Taxpayer, things have not gone smoothly.