Norfolk County Council’s ban on sky lanterns welcomed by CLA

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The Country Land and Business Association has welcomed Norfolk County Council’s decision to ban the release of sky lanterns from its land and buildings.

The council’s policy and resources committee on Monday, December 1, voted unanimously to not only ban lanterns with immediate effect, but also the mass release of balloons.

CLA Eastern Regional Director Nicola Currie said: “I’m delighted a ban has implemented. This is great news for everyone who lives in Norfolk, as this will go a long way to protect the county’s environment, rural businesses and wildlife.

“The release of just one lantern could result in the slow and very painful death of a cow or other grazing livestock, or a fire that destroys someone’s home, business or life.

“Banning sky lanterns from Norfolk County Council land and property really underlines the fact that Local Authorities have woken up to the fact that these flying bonfires are extremely dangerous and can endanger lives.

“What we need now is for people in Norfolk to back the council’s ban with self-regulation, and pledge not to buy or release sky lanterns in the county. We also need retailers in the county to acknowledge the dangers and remove them from their shelves.”