Vale Council follows suit with sky lantern ban
Published 26 January 2015
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has become the seventh authority in Wales to agree a ban on sky lanterns.
The ban would apply to the release of sky lanterns from all Council owned land, including schools, and would also apply to events organised by third parties held on Council property.
In October 2013 Natural Resources Minister, Alun Davies, wrote to local authorities in Wales encouraging them to introduce a voluntary ban on the release of sky lanterns, citing an independent report which found a “significant” fire risk associated with sky lanterns, and also said that the ingestion of debris from lanterns can seriously harm or even kill animals.
Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Council, said: “As well as posing a significant fire hazard and being a form of litter, the lanterns pose a real danger to pets, wild animals and livestock that may ingest the remains after they fall to ground. It is for these reasons that I am very happy to announce that we have taken the decision to ban the use of sky lanterns on all Council land.”
RSPCA Cymru’s Public Affairs Manager, Chris O’Brien, said: “This is great news for local wildlife, livestock and other animals.
“We're delighted to work closely with Vale of Glamorgan Council in the interests of animal welfare, and welcome that they have taken this important step, meaning almost a third of local authorities in Wales have acted against the use of sky lanterns.”
The Vale Council now joins Cardiff, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Conwy, Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire in introducing a ban.