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 English councils urged to enforce complete ban
on sky lanterns and balloons
13 Feb 2018
Lauren Dean
The RSPCA has called on English councils to follow Wales in its complete ban on sky lanterns across all council land.
England must follow Wales on national sky lantern ban, warns RSPCA
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council was the latest and last Welsh local authority to this week designate a no fly zone for its area but the animal charity said a complete ban on the ‘party novelty’ in England was long overdue.
RSPCA wildlife information officer Llewelyn Lowen said the novelties should be banned to prevent dangers to animals.
She said: “These horrible devices can have deadly consequences for pets, farm and wild animals.
“While it is encouraging to see that a few councils in England have acknowledged the dangers and introduced a ban, there is still a long way to go.
“A complete ban on sky lanterns is long overdue.”
The call comes as good news for Farmers Guardian’s 
Say No to Sky Lanterns campaign on its continued fight for a nationwide ban.
Since the campaign’s launch in 2013, numerous local authorities, event organisers and retailers – including Tesco – have banned the use and sale of the products.
Ms Lowen warned a number of dangers were posed by the lanterns including entanglement, ingestion and fire hazards to animal bedding and feed.
NFU Cymru rural affairs board chairman Hedd Pugh added: “The news that all local authorities across Wales have now banned the release of sky lanterns on council-owned property is welcome news and sees Wales leading the way in tackling this problem.
“We would urge everyone to think of alternative activities to mark a special occasion to avoid the dreadful consequences to the countryside and animals.”
To see which UK councils have already implemented a ban on sky lanterns and/or balloons, 

 Local Authorities

  • Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk
  • Borough of Poole
  • Braintree District Council
  • Canterbury City Council
  • Carlisle City Council
  • Chesham Town Council
  • Cornwall County Council
  • Dundee City Council
  • Durham County Council
  • East Lothian Council
  • Essex County Council (sky lanterns only)
  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Herefordshire (sky lanterns only)
  • Isle of Wight (balloon ban only)
  • Kirkless Council (sky lanterns only)
  • Lancaster City Council
  • Maldon District Council (balloon ban only)
  • Norfolk County Council
  • North Norfolk District Council
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Oxford City Council
  • Plymouth City Council
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • Redbridge Borough Council (balloon ban only)
  • Reigate & Banstead Borough Council (balloon ban only)
  • Rochford District Council
  • South Hams District Council (balloon ban only)
  • South Tyneside Council (balloon ban only)
  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Suffolk Coastal District Council
  • Swale County Council
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Thanet District Council
  • Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council (balloon ban only)
  • Torbay Council (balloon ban only)
  • Waveney District Council
  • West Oxfordshire District Council
  • Windsor & Maidenhead Council (balloon ban only)
  • Wirral Council
  • Worcestershire County Council

Scottish Local Authorities

  • Aberdeen City Council
  • Aberdeenshire Council
  • Argyll & Bute Council
  • Angus Council
  • East Lothian Council
  • Falkirk Council
  • Highland Council
  • Orkney Islands Council
  • Perth & Kinross Council
  • Shetland Islands Council (balloon ban only)

Welsh Local Authorities

  • Anglesey County Council
  • Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
  • Bridgend County Borough Council
  • Cardiff Council
  • Caerphilly County Borough Council (sky lanterns only)
  • Carmarthenshire County Council (sky lanterns only)
  • Ceredigion County Council (sky lanterns only)
  • Conwy County Borough Council
  • Gwynedd Council
  • Monmouthshire County Council
  • Neath Port Talbot Council
  • Pembrokeshire County Council
  • Powys Council (sky lanterns only)
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff Council (sky lanterns only)
  • Vale of Glamorgan Council (sky lanterns only)

Northern Irish Local Authorities

  • Ards & North Downs Council
  • Belfast City Council
  • Coleraine Borough Council
  • Newry, Mourne & Down

Do you think your Council already has a ban but is missing from the list? Please let us know! We rely on members of the public and Councils themselves to keep us up-to-date. It’s easy to do, just email us at info@mcsuk.org. NB: In order for a Council to be added to the list we require confirmation that a ban is in place either in the form of a policy document or written confirmation from the relevant authority.


Actions you can take

  1.  Ask Parliament to ban balloon & sky lantern releases
  2.  Tell us about a release you have stopped
  3.  Download campaign resources

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