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Is there a sweepstake going on how long it will be before someone gets a visit/fine?

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On 01/05/2021 at 08:38, Gav73 said:

Is there a sweepstake going on how long it will be before someone gets a visit/fine?

Who's going to get fined or visited, it seems the legislation is aimed at sellers as opposed to end users which may not be a bad thing as it'll help stop people selling wet wood as "seasoned".

 

Even if the user was liable I don't really see what the legislation's going to achieve and how they'll prove it. Plod turns up at 9.00pm suspecting someone of burning unseasoned wood,  they have no right to search the property without a warrant and by the time they come back with a warrant the next day (which I think is highly unlikely) the evidence has been burnt 🤣.

 

If we have a storm and I as an end user get some branches blown off a tree in my garden and to "tidy up" decide to put them on the log burner that night am I liable to prosecution and anything else that's still "wet" is being seasoned?

 

Whole thing seems like a bit of farcicle posturing that's cost the tax payer a shed load of money just to get discussed and even more money to create a pretty unenforceable law.

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Who's going to get fined or visited, it seems the legislation is aimed at sellers as opposed to end users which may not be a bad thing as it'll help stop people selling wet wood as "seasoned".
 


Yes, it’s aimed at sellers. That’s who I was referring to when I mentioned a sweepstake.

What you said about the end users does raise an interesting point though, unseasoned logs can still be sold in 2m3+ quantities as long as it has the relevant paperwork about seasoning it with it. There is nothing to stop the end user ignoring that and burning it anyway. So maybe there should be something in the way of fines for these people of the idea of this legislation is to improve the air quality and reduce pollution?

Also emissions from the chimney can be measured from outside, there’s no requirement to enter a property to check. And it’s going to be pretty obvious from the clouds of smoke going up in the air.

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15 minutes ago, Gav73 said:

Also emissions from the chimney can be measured from outside, there’s no requirement to enter a property to check. And it’s going to be pretty obvious from the clouds of smoke going up in the air.

 

 

^^^ That I didn't know ... won't part of those readings depend on what stove you're using as well, are people with older stoves obliged to update to newer cleaner stoves?

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