Barbecues will not be allowed in Newent Arboretum, by order of the town council.

The matter was discussed at this week's meeting of the council's recreation and environment committee at the Market Hall. It followed requests from members of the public for a barbecue site at the arboretum.

Coun Len Lawton supported the idea of a barbecue site at the top end of the beauty spot. But Coun Peter Pain expressed fears that late-night gatherings and anti-social behaviour could be the result. The councillors voted to refuse the requests.