Call to ban use of sky lanterns and helium balloons on Fenland Council land
Fenland councillors will discuss banning the use of Chinese lanterns across the district on land it owns.
Leader Councillor Chris Boden is putting a motion to Wednesday's (18) full council meeting asking members to support the ban on the lanterns, which are often released at celebrations such as birthdays and weddings, together with helium balloons, from being released across the district's skies.
Coun Boden, proposing his motion said: "Sky lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns, when not used responsibly are dangerous fire hazards which can have devastating consequences for people, buildings and animals.
"Similarly helium balloons used for balloon releases can also have a negative impact on animal welfare as the balloons and their strings can entangle animals, and create a choking hazard when animals consider the balloon as food. Additionally, once these items come back down to land, they end up as litter."
He proposes: "The release of sky/Chinese lanterns and helium balloons will continue to be prohibited from any land owned and occupied by Fenland District Council.
"The release of sky/Chinese lanterns and helium balloons will continue to be prohibited at events licensed, sponsored or supported by Fenland District Council.
"The Council will discourage organisations/clubs/schools/its tenants within the Fenland District Council area from releasing sky/Chinese lanterns and helium balloons and to look for environmentally safe alternatives."
Councillor also wants to take it one step further and is asking his fellow members to agree to Fenland Council calling on the UK Government to implement a nationwide ban on the release of sky lanterns and helium balloons across England."