3 Jun 2013

Open fire ban in Marlborough

9:07 pm on 3 June 2013

In a bid to tackle poor air quality, people in urban Marlborough can no longer have an open fire in their homes.

The Marlborough District Council says national air quality standards were breached three times in May, triggering the ban.

New open fires made of bricks or cast iron will no longer get building consent in homes in urban areas.

Fires used outside, such as pizza ovens or braziers escaped the ban, but the council says if air quality does not improve, it may have to be extended.