A council is planning to ban barbecues in open spaces over fears they contribute to global warming.
Brighton and Hove City Council, which is run by the Green Party, said the move is part of an action plan to tackle climate change and make the seaside resort carbon neutral by 2030.
The proposals would stop people from having barbecues on beaches, parks and open spaces as it claims disposable barbecues are partly to blame for the world’s rising CO2 levels.
But the plans have sparked controversy, with some residents and tourists accusing the council of trying to kill the summer tourism trade.
One said: “The insanity on banning BBQs is just unbelievable. This will make zero difference.
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“Getting industry in the city to dim the lights in all office blocks in any city for an hour will save more carbon than all the BBQs in the UK combined.”
A Brighton resident said: “A BBQ ban is a step too far. Brighton has always been about fun and a place that is tolerant and welcoming to everyone.”
Another resident said it was a “punitive” step against those who lived in bedsits and flats and had no outside space.
They added: “The sensible method would be to have designated areas for those that want a BBQ to have one.
“If this was about actual carbon emissions then a far quicker and more effective measure would be to ban all domestic solid fuel burners.”
But others supported the plans saying too many disposable barbecues are left on the beach and blight the city.
One resident said: “Happy to see beach barbecues being banned. Few things are more annoying when you have a nice spot on the beach and then people near you start a barbecue and the consequent irritating smoke and smell of food.”
Another said: “Best news I’ve heard in years. Smoke and stench from stinking BBQ’s spoil other peoples peaceful enjoyment and hope the ban will apply to BBQ’s in gardens in residential areas as well.”
Every year around 10million holidaymakers and day trippers flock to Brighton and Hove with many enjoy a beer and a barbecue on the beach.
The tourism industry supports more than 20,000 jobs and brings in an estimated £850million to the city.
The 2030 Carbon Neutral Programme being presented to councillors sets the direction for action on climate change by the council Brighton and Hove for the next decade, focusing on social justice and future generations alongside rapid decarbonisation to accelerate the city’s transition to carbon neutrality by 2030.
Brighton and Hove City Council said the proposals were in their very early stages, were part of a raft of new environmental schemes under consideration and would go to a consultation at a later date .
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