See below for an UPDATE
The neighbour had a ‘controlled’ fire in his garden last night. This morning (and even now at just past 11 AM) the two-foot tall pile of ash is still smoking.
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You can see the perfectly darkened rectangular patch of ground where he was burning god-knows-what, and it’s HUGE for the containing space. If it were only leaves, it would’ve burned down into nothing, but there is still a massive pile of smouldering ash. What was he burning? Should I confront him? I’m not sure what to say and I’m not sure that going to him will make any difference since I overheard him conspiring in the summer to have someone illegally chop down the protected tree in the garden behind his… If he’s willing to do that, he must feel he’s got every right to put the surrounding gardens and block of flats in danger with his bonfire…
Maybe I’ll have a chat with the other residents. I don’t normally care about what others choose to do, but this just makes me feel unsafe.
UPDATE: Spoke with the head resident and she is furious with the guy. Hooray! Now the really mind-blowing bit:
Evidently this is the third time he’s done this. He won’t listen and – get this – it’s his company’s paperwork he’s burning. Reams of paperwork that he has told the head resident is “too expensive to shred.”
Evidently there’s to be a management meeting and this topic gets top-billing.
In the meantime, I’m sending my photos off to my landlady (who will be at the management meeting).
So let me get this straight- he won’t pay for shredding his documents and disposing of them properly, but he’ll put the neighbourhood in fire danger. Mmm. Neato. Twat.