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Woodburning stoves on Newsnight

Halleflippinlujah!! Finally, wet wood being burnt and associated pollution has made newsnight. It’s so bad at times in my avenue that I can hardly breathe coming or going from the house to the car AND I can actually smell it inside my house in certain weather conditions.

I remember smokeless zones coming in, where are the safeguards now?

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Yes i am suffering as i live on a busy main road. If you open the windows at the front of the house ýou end up with blac smuts on everything

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You are not alone, they are the bane of my life during the colder months and there is at least double the amount from last year. Each wood burner produces the same amount of pollution as 1,000 cars. So how many 1,000's of car equivalents of pollution could be erased by banning them? Source "The British Medical Journal" here:

bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h27...

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I think there should be more safeguards and smoke free zones but l know my local council doesn’t really care. Shame. Xxxx

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Hi I have the same problem here. My neighbour has a wood burning stove, as time I struggle to get from my car to my home. Barbs x

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They're everywhere it's the new trend that and open fires. Loads where I am (SE London), very night smells like bonfire night. We're in a so-called smokeless zone but clearly no one cares!

We have open fires as the fireplaces are gorgeous but we don't use them, we blocked them all up, keeps the house warmer and stops birds flying down the chimneys.

I don't know why if we are trying to combat pollution we don't start doing something about them, honestly I think a lot of people don't realise they are pollutants.

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Northernlass , hi, my two neighbours are BBQ and bonfire fans. Last year I found I couldn’t breathe with all the smoke they generated, some as early as 7 am. My son rang the local council who said they couldn’t do anything. After a lot of research I contacted the environmental health department and they sent letters and only a few bonfires etc since. Apparently it is classed as being a nuisance to neighbours if they cannot go about normal daily business due to the smoke generated. I occasionally have a bonfire so appreciate that sometimes they are necessary but not on a daily basis. Bring on the smokeless zones, we need to get rid of pollution.

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Hi Northernlass, with you on burning wet and/or 'green' wood....doesn't heat anyway, just makes obscene amounts of smoke. One place i didn't expect to make me uncomfortable, though - outside local (but big) Tesco. There are benches along the side approach to the store, actually the main one. It has an overhanging roof. Here, people gather, including Tesco workers, to smoke! Oftentimes, walking down here, i feel i must (and do) cover my face as it can get so thick i feel as if i'm smoking! When i have the energy i intend to approach the manager, plus put something in the village periodical. 'Smokers Have Rights', of course, always hearing it. But so do i. I have a right to not be killed - or at least, my condition exascerbated - by thoughtless managers who think it's fine for all, including his staff, to puff away all along the main entrance to the store. How about these Smokers take their rights and their fags around the BACK of the shop?😡😠😡😠😡

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Their right to smoke ends where your nose begins. (Read it somewhere :) )

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With you all on this - it's like a modern-day peasouper where I live :(

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Feel for you Northern lass I live a the bottom of a village and it seems that every other house puts a wood burner on. I am practically house bound so leave the windows ajar for fresh air but most of the time they are closed this time of year to stop the smell of smoke coming in !!!!

Take Care

Plumbob

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This is sad. Half the time it's open fires or old wood burners. The modern ones have to be DEFRA approved re pollution and fitted by a qualified fitter - and extremely expensive.

It's so flipping annoying to be choked outside, in a smokeless zone. Grrrrr

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so in a way then they have found a loophole is that what you mean?

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