Sunday, 17 December 2017

Lanterns ban hope

CHINESE lanterns could be banned by South Oxfordshire District Council.

CHINESE lanterns could be banned by South Oxfordshire District Council.

It is considering adding a condition to its licensing policy forbidding the use of the paper lanterns as part of a joint licensing act with neighbouring Vale of White Horse council.

Premises owners or event organisers would be banned from letting off lanterns when they apply for a licence or a renewal. The council will also consider banning the use of lanterns from its land.

The move was welcomed by Claudia Rowberry, of Reading Road, Henley, who called for a ban last month after a 3ft lantern landed in her garden. “They absolutely should be banned tout de suite,” she said. “The risk they cause is just too great.”

Henley town and district councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin said she would support a ban.

“Chinese lanterns do look beautiful when they set off but you have no control over where they land,” she said. “They can be a particular problem for farmers because they can cause a lot of damage to livestock.”

“Chinese lanterns do look beautiful when they set off but you have no control over where they land,” she said. “They can be a particular problem for farmers because they can cause a lot of damage to livestock.”

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