ROSSENDALE and Darwen MP Jake Berry is calling for a ban on the use of disposable barbecues on the West Pennine Moors.

He is backing Lancashire’s chief fire officer Justin Johnston on the issue after a spate of wildfires on high ground across the county.

Earlier this month there were major blazes on Darwen Moor, Longridge Fell and off the Grane Road in Rossendale.

Now Mr Berry, who has clarified the powers to impose a disposable barbecue ban in Parliament with environment minister Rebecca Pow, wants one imposed on the West Pennine Moors using existing by-law legislation.

He said: “The recent moor fires near Darwen were a shocking reminder of how a small spark from a disposable barbecue can quickly become a dangerous wild fire.

“I was pleased Mrs Pow confirmed that our local authorities already have the powers to ban disposable barbecues.

“The next step is to work together to make sure that these powers are used to protect areas such as the West Pennine Moors.

“I will be hosting a ‘Moorland Summit’ with all interested parties to agree the best way to do this.”

Councillor for Blackburn with Darwen Borough’s West Pennine ward, Julie Slater said: “I’ve spoken to so many people who’ve said enough is enough: we’ve got to do something to stop this happening again.

“If the council has already got the powers to ban them, then that’s what we should be doing.’