West Norfolk ban on release of balloons and sky lanterns

West Norfolk Council leader Brian Long. Picture: Matthew Usher.

West Norfolk Council leader Brian Long. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Council chiefs in west Norfolk have banned the release of balloons and sky lanterns on the land it owns.

The borough's ruling cabinet agreed to the move tonight at a meeting in King's Lynn, with leader Brian Long urging others to follow suit.

'I hope other landowners will think the same way we do,' he said.

A report published ahead of the meeting said that a 'prohibition against sky lanterns and mass balloon releases within terms and condition of hire would reinforce the council's commitment to the environment and encourage community action to reduce waste going to landfill and littering of the natural and built environment'.

The report said the practice posed a threat to wildlife and livestock from ingestion, entanglement, entrapment and added that the flame within lanterns could also pose a fire hazard and, when released out to sea, a risk to coastal rescue services. It was also seen as a potential source of litter and waste.


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