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'There is still a lot of work to do' - NFU Scotland 'delighted' as council bans sky lanterns

NFU Scotland were ’delighted’ the council had voted unanimously to ban sky lanterns


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West Dunbartonshire Council bans sky lanterns

West Dunbartonshire Council (WDC) is the seventeenth Scottish council to put in place a ban and the eighth since NFU Scotland wrote to all local authorities in October.


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Councils with bans in place:

  • Aberdeen City Council​
  • Aberdeenshire Council​
  • Angus Council​
  • Argyll and Bute Council​, Fife Council
  • Dundee City Counci
  • East Lothian​
  • Inverclyde Council​
  • Orkney Islands.
  • Perth and Kinross Council​
  • Shetland Islands Council
  • Stirling Council​
  • The City of Edinburgh Council​.
  • The Highland Council​
  • West Lothian Council​

Farmers have been concerned over the risk of fires started by lanterns as well as the risk to the health of livestock if eaten.

 

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Martin Kennedy, Vice President of NFU Scotland said it was a positive step.

 

“NFU Scotland has stepped up its lobbying on the issue of sky lanterns in recent months.

 

“Although sky lanterns are seemingly innocent devices, and are beautiful to look at, they can cause untold damage as there is no control over where these burning structures of paper, metal and wood decide to land.


“Across the UK, there have been many reports now of fires started by lanterns and harm to the health of livestock when lanterns have landed in farmers’ fields and been eaten.

 

“There is a further risk to stock when grass is cut and ensiled for winter feed, and the wire is chopped up and subsequently contained in hay or silage.”

 

In October, NFU Scotland wrote to all local authorities without a ban in place.

 

“There is still a lot of work to do, as a further eight have yet to take any action,” he said.

 

“We ask the public, particularly as wedding season approaches, to consider an alternative method of celebration and avoid the use of sky lanterns and helium balloons.”

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