West Norfolk Council set to ponder sky lantern release ban

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West Norfolk Council chiefs have pledged to look at whether to ban the release of balloons and sky lanterns on land that it owns.

The assurance came in response to a plea during public questions at Thursday’s full council meeting.

Resident Diane Westwood urged the authority to follow the example of other councils to ban the release of sky lanterns and balloons on its land, and urge other authorities and landowners to follow suit.

She said the items were a threat to many species of wildlife, while sky lanterns were an additional risk because of the amount of wooden buildings and caravans in the area.

She added: “Balloon and sky lantern releases are opposed by the RSPCA, Marine Conservation Society and National Farmers Union.”

David Pope, cabinet member for public space, said it was an important issue because of the implications for farmers and wildlife in the Wash, but was unaware of any specific requests to hold such events.

He said: “I’m happy to discuss this issue with my cabinet colleagues to see if it is feasible to put in control measures on council-owned land.”