I was copied into this email recently. I’ve disguised the names and location as the complaint is a general one which I have seen many times before – but here it is very well-expressed.
However, I might point out that I have lived on the ********* for 30 years and I know the regulations. I have tolerated moor burn over all that time but this year, and the last, I have been both inconvenienced and my health affected by an increase in burning in the area of my property. Fires have been lit with little or no consideration of the prevailing wind and the impact on local community health.
Last year I complained to the agents for the ******* & ******** Estates, asking for a little more consideration, having been subjected to moor burning in the proximity of my home for 14 of 16 days in succession (Thank God for Sundays). The reply was also unsatisfactory.
Moor burning, at a time when DEFRA is promoting a voluntary moratorium, is not illegal, of course. However, subjecting local domestic dwellings and the local population to toxic levels of smoke and poor air quality for days in succession, must be covered by some legislation … and the local council environmental health officers would surely be responsible for the investigation of such matters, not the National Park.