Council latest to ban sky lanterns

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Braintree District Council has become the latest local authority to ban the release of sky lanterns on council-owned land.

The decision follows similar moves by Essex County Council and Babergh District Council.

The council has also amended its land hire policy to prohibit the release of sky lanterns on any land hired from the council.

The ban comes after widespread concern from the Country Land Association over the danger of sky lanterns to land and animals.

Braintree district councillor Wendy Schmitt, cabinet member for place, said: “A fire started by these lanterns could prove devastating and what’s left lying around after the lanterns have landed can entangle livestock or be eaten by them with fatal consequences.

Any breach of the ban will result in the organiser being fined under the Environmental Protection Act.