Sky lan­tern ban is on the cards

The Oban Times - - News -

A MO­TION to ban sky lanterns and helium bal­loons is be­ing heard at Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil to­day (Thurs­day).

The plan to ban the use of the bal­loons and sky lanterns is to pro­tect wildlife on the land and in the sea.

Sky lanterns are pop­u­lar at wed­dings and to cel­e­brate fes­ti­vals.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors pro­poses ‘that Ar­gyll and Bute agree to ban the use of sky lanterns and helium bal­loon re­lease from coun­cil- owned prop­erty in an ef­fort to make the coun­try­side safer for graz­ing live­stock, pre­vent harm to wildlife at sea and on land, and to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

‘The coun­cil is asked to del­e­gate to the di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment and in­fra­struc­ture the au­thor­ity to put in place ar­range­ments to sup­port his prin­ci­ple.’

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