Barbecues on the beach or in the local park could face a ban after councillors adopted a raft of measures to cut waste and improve recycling rates.
The proposal comes as Green councillor Jamie Lloyd said this week that sachets of ketchup should also be outlawed in Brighton and Hove.
There were doubts about how legally possible it would be to scrap single-use sauce sachets.
But councillors approved a broader plan which – subject to consultation – would include measures to “end the use of single-use barbecues on the beach and in parks and open spaces”.
And the proposal is expected to be implemented within a short timeframe – although an official Brighton and Hove City Council report did not say how soon this might be.
Green councillor Elaine Hills picked up on the proposal and said: “It’s a small thing but I think it’s a symbolic thing. It would be a great idea to stop people using these.
“It’s not just obviously … the disposability of it but there’s the dangers of them (as well as) the fact that they’re single-use.
“They’re a hazard. I think they caused the Hollingdean fire, didn’t they? So I would love to see a consultation on that and get rid of them once and for all.”
The Hollingdean fire – at the council tip in August 2019 – was blamed on a disposable barbecue left in a bin, probably on the seafront.
It caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage to the rubbish and recycling centre – and angered hundreds of neighbours.
They were told to keep their windows closed on a hot summer night over the bank holiday weekend as firefighters tackled the blaze.
After hearing that seafront traders could be persuaded to ditch sauce sachets under a proposed accreditation scheme, Labour councillor Carmen Appich also backed a ban on barbecues on council land.
She said: “I get extremely angry when I see shops selling barbecues. Maybe we should expand our accreditation scheme and stop shops that are near the seafront from selling them. There are stacks and stacks of them in some of the little newsagents.
“I’ve also got a thing about them. I don’t eat meat so the smell is offensive to me as well as the litter.
“So if we could do something to actually stop them being sold in the city, that would be great.”
A senior council official Rachel Chasseaud said: “We are going to be doing a consultation on ending the use of single-use barbecues on council land and beaches.
“As part of that, we would work with the environmental protection team about where they are being sold as well if that goes ahead and if that’s agreed.”
The calls to ban ketchup and beach barbecues were made at a virtual council committee meeting on Tuesday (16 March).
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