Balloon releases are banned across Sefton, residents reminded

Balloon releases are banned across Sefton, residents reminded

by Tom Martin (April 2021)

Sefton Council is using its pledge to protect the environment to remind locals that balloon and sky lanterns releases are not permitted across the borough. 

As part of the council’s Climate Change Emergency declaration in 2019, it vowed to do more to protect the environment for future generations and implemented a blanket ban on balloon and lantern releases.

The mass intentional release of helium filled latex balloons and Chinese/sky lanterns pose threats to wildlife and livestock, and in even worse cases, lanterns can also cause injury to humans, damage to buildings and cause false callouts to the coastguard.

The council say they can also become a source of litter across Sefton’s coast and greenspaces causing concerns at these often protected sites due to their rare flora and fauna.

A statement from the council read: “The council encourages all residents and visitors to our beautiful borough to help protect its special landscapes and wildlife, and to mark occasions in environmentally friendly ways.”

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