NOTTS: Sky lantern ban

There are concerns lanterns could spark fire hazards
There are concerns lanterns could spark fire hazards

People who release Chinese sky lanterns on council-owned land in Newark and Sherwood – such as parks – will be banned from using the land again.

The decorative lanterns, which are usually made from paper with a metal or bamboo frame, rise slowly into the sky.

However concerns have been raised by farmers and the RSPCA about the environmental impact of the items.

It is feared several livestock animals have died as a result of eating parts of the lanterns, and a major fire in the West Midlands was potentially caused by one.

Now, Newark and Sherwod District Council has said it plans to extinguish the lanterns altogether.

After being approved unanimously by councillors, use of the lanterns will be banned from the council’s parks.

A spokeswoman said: “The ban is not enforceable by law and will be a condition of use of our parks.

“If someone hires the land or holds a stall in one of our parks they will be told not to release/sell balloons or sky lanterns.

“If they do, they will not be allowed to use the land again.”

It is understood that the council’s decision was not a result of one specific incident, but a response to broader environmental concerns.

Kit Sandeman , Local Democracy Reporting Service