A licensee is facing legal action for letting smoke drift into his neighbour’s garden.
In what is believed to be the first episode of its kind, Jeff Castledine, licensee of the Queens Head in Boreham, Chelmsford, has received a letter from Chelmsford Borough Council following a complaint about “nuisance caused by odour from cigarette smoke”.
The council told Castledine it would monitor his pub “to determine if odour nuisances are being caused”, in breach of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
If the council decides a “nuisance” exists, it is threatening to serve Castledine with an abatement notice, forcing him to stop or reduce the problem.
In the name of fuck, what the fucking hell do they expect? The government has banned smoking indoors, so naturally people are going to go outside to smoke because there is no other practical fucking option.
Or is there?
The situation will add to fears in the trade that the smoking ban could be extended to include other outside areas, similar to legislation being introduced in the US.
For crying the fuck out loud, that's what's going to be next isn't it? It's going to be an eventual proxy ban on smoking.
Many people rent properties that they are not allowed to smoke in; now they cannot smoke in pubs, or restaurants and next will come the ban on smoking in a public space. Which means that, if you are a smoker and you don't have a garden shed or a tolerant landlord, you are a bit fucked.