Balloons and Lanterns could be grounded

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HELIUM FILLED balloons and sky lanterns the type of which have posed a hazard to wildlife, livestock and even well intentioned 999 calls, could be banned from the skies above Dundee.

Dundee City Council’s city development committee is being asked to prohibit launches from all council land and property as well as at local authority sanctioned events.
Will Dawson committee convener said: “Sometimes organisers of events where there are mass releases of balloons or lanterns are not aware of the havoc these things can cause, sometimes days or even weeks after the spectacular launch, I believe that here in Dundee we should be protective of the environment we all enjoy

“These balloons and lanterns pose hazards to wildlife and livestock and can cause injury.

“Groups as diverse as farmers, the Marine Conservation Society, Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have backed calls for mass launches to be banned and already a couple of dozen councils across the UK have taken that action.”

According to a report to be discussed by the committee, which meets on Monday (February 27), the council has a duty under various parts of legislation to act in an environmentally sustainable way.

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