Special bins where disposable barbecues can be safely thrown away have been installed at 10 beachside spots in north Norfolk.

The move by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) follows a fire in an area of heathland near Howards Hill in Cromer on March 23, which was believed to have been started by the incorrect disposal of such a barbecue.

The new bins are made from galvanised steel to reduce the risk of fire and to safely contain hot ash.

Nigel Lloyd, the council's environment portfolio holder, said: "I am delighted that NNDC continues to develop and improve its waste disposal facilities at our busiest and most attractive north Norfolk destinations.

Eastern Daily Press: North Norfolk District Council environment portfolio holder Nigel LloydNorth Norfolk District Council environment portfolio holder Nigel Lloyd (Image: Copyright Nicholas Manthorpe 2011)

"The use of disposable barbecues in the district has been growing year on year and I hope that these new bins will encourage users to dispose of their barbecues responsibly.

"We can all play our part in keeping North Norfolk a beautiful location to live in and to visit."

The bins can be found:

  • Next to the slipway in Waxham
  • by the waste compound in Sea Palling
  • on Beach Road at the top of the slipway in Mundesley
  • at the west end slipway in Overstrand
  • on Cromer's east prom and west prom, on the slipways at East and West Runton
  • the bottom of Beach Road in Sheringham
  • Beach Lane carpark in Weybourne.

The council allows barbecues on all of the beaches listed above but only in certain areas, visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/tasks/your-community/apply-to-hold-a-beach-bbq-or-event to find maps of where these zones are.

But anyone planning a barbecue for more than 12 people on a north Norfolk beach needs to get permission from the district council, giving a week's notice. The council then lets the police, Coastguard and local town or parish council know about it.

No-one is believed to have been injured in the Howards Hill fire, which took three fire crews to put out after it was discovered at around 8.30pm.

Along with a disposable barbecue, a lighter and an empty pack of four beef burgers were found at the site.

Eastern Daily Press: Just some of the damaged caused by the fire.Just some of the damaged caused by the fire. (Image: Submitted)

The bins have been funded by a Waste Resource Action Programme grant, and form part of the council's 'Bin-frastructure' scheme. #

Beach barbecue dos and don'ts

The council has issued these rules for having a barbecue on the district's beaches:

- No glass or glass utensils shall be used at the event or taken to the beach

- No open fires including bonfires or camp fires due to the health and safety risk.

- All rubbish and litter is to be cleared away from the beach directly after the event and taken away with you.

- Noise should be kept to a minimum. Music and generators are not permitted.

- Do do not bury rubbish in the sand where it may cause a health & safety hazard to other beach users.

- Do not bury portable/disposable barbecues in the sand where they cause problems for future beach users. Extinguish/cool such barbecues and take them home with you

- The event shall be entirely at the owner's risk.

- The council cannot guarantee that individual groups will have exclusive use of the designated area.

- At least one responsible adult to be in attendance at all times.