Sky lanterns ban on the cards

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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.’