KINGSTON residents are being asked about potential changes to the current outdoor fire pit ban.
A contentious ban on outdoor fire pits currently stands across homes in the Kingston municipality. In response to community feedback, council is currently consulting residents about changes to the law.
Kingston mayor Steve Staikos says that council has “received a lot of feedback from people who would like to legally and safely use a fire pit in their backyard”.
“We also understand that our local ban was first introduced to address health concerns around open fires and burn-offs,” Cr Staikos said. “We have taken this all into account and are proposing to re-introduce open air fires [or fire pits] to Kingston Council in a safe way, which minimises disturbance to neighbours. We want to make sure that we have this balance right and would love to hear what our community members think about the proposed changes.”
Council is also consulting on other potential changes to local laws. They include mandating the maintenance of nature strips by property owners and increasing the scope of footpath trading, including the use of barbecues on footpaths.
Submissions are open until 7 February. To make a submission to council visit yourkingstonyoursay.com.au