Dangerous sky lanterns banned on Council land

17 November 2017

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The use and sale of sky lanterns (also known as Chinese lanterns) has been banned on all land owned or controlled by Nottinghamshire County Council, which includes venues such as Rufford Country Park and the National Watersports Centre.

Council Leader, Coun Kay Cutts, explains: “The use of sky lanterns is becoming increasingly popular at events such as weddings and festivals. These lanterns are potentially incredibly dangerous, they are a fire hazard and the litter they leave behind is a danger to livestock.

“I have received a lot of correspondence from people in Nottinghamshire calling on the Council to have a formal policy banning their use on Council premises. The Fire and Rescue Service, RSPCA, Soil Association and the National Farmers Union all the support a ban on sky lanterns and I want to ensure the County Council is playing its part.”

The policy was formally approved at Nottinghamshire County Council’s Policy Committee on 15th November.

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