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Edinburgh parks BBQ ban bid is denied

posted 1 Mar 2013, 06:09 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 1 Mar 2013, 06:21 ]

Barbecues in the city’s public parks are being given the green light amid claims that the cost of policing them would be too great.

Heritage group the Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links had hoped that the council would ban barbecues, after repeatedly voicing concerns about the damage they cause to the grass.

But at a recent meeting of the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership, members were informed by the council that enforcing a ban would mean incurring extra costs in order to fund the additional manpower needed to police the area during hot weather.

And they were told extra money would also have to be spent training wardens to carry and operate fire extinguishers.