AFTER the heatwave earlier this month, it scarcely seems possible bonfire celebrations in Littlehampton are now less than three weeks away.
Organisers are now making plans to build the massive bonfire on the seafront, but have urged people not to take any rubbish to the site, next to the East Green car park, before Monday, October 24.
They are also urging the public to act responsibly when it comes to the materials they take to the fire.
Littlehampton Bonfire Society secretary Richard Cooper said: “We have permission to commence building the fire on Monday, October 24.
“Anyone dumping rubbish on the site prior to this will be acting illegally, and will face prosecution.
“Only non-toxic, combustible items such as wood and garden waste may be deposited.
“On no account may polystyrene foam, polyurethane foam, aerosols, batteries, bottles, tins of paint, tyres or containers of any liquids be brought to the site.
“We must also stress that we cannot accept any beds, settees, armchairs or carpets at all.
“We hope the public will take note of what they can and can’t bring, as we will turn away any prohibited items, and they will have had a wasted trip.”
The society is unable to provide any transport to collect material for the fire – people have to arrange that themselves.
Added Richard: “The bonfire is built by volunteers for the benefit of the town and the local charities that benefit from Bonfire Night.
“A small minority of people unfortunately abuse this facility each year by trying to dump prohibited and non-combustible items, and we are urging them to act responsibly.”
Material may be taken to the fire only from 9am-5.30pm from Monday, October 24 to Thursday, October 27.
The site may close earlier, depending on the size of the fire.
The bonfire will form the centrepiece of the society’s Bonfire Night spectacular on Saturday, October 29.
Times for the bonfire, firework display and processions are to be found in the Bonfire Night programmes, now on sale in shops in Littlehampton, Wick, Rustington and East Preston and at the tourist information centre at the Look & Sea Centre, Surrey Street, Littlehampton.