Council backs calls for sky lanterns ban

A national campaign to ban the use of sky lanterns is being backed by Daventry District Council (DDC).

The council is supporting the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) by writing to the Government to ask for a debate on the matter.

While DDC has insufficient powers to ban their use, councillors agreed at the last meeting of full council to write to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to request a national ban be debated in Parliament. The council will also consider introducing guidance on the release of sky lanterns – also known as Chinese lanterns – in the next review of its licensing policy.

DDC leader, Cllr Chris Millar, said: “While sky lanterns may look good against the night sky, it is clear they pose a significant risk, particularly in rural districts such as ours. The naked flame is a fire hazard, while the metal wiring can cause injury or even death to livestock unfortunate enough to eat it. This council can’t impose a ban on them but we’ve pledged to support the CLA campaign by writing to the Secretary of State in the hope that a debate in Parliament will be forthcoming.”