Decision details

Ban on releasing Sky Lanterns and introduce a new Policy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree to ban the use and release of sky lanterns on council land,and to write a policy on this, while considering including helium balloons and fireworks.



1.     Cabinet decided, with immediate effect, to adopt the policy banning the release of sky lanterns and the release of helium balloons on Council owned or managed land.


2. That officers, in consultation with the Lead Member, develop a Communications Strategy to educate, influence and support alternative options in order to protect Havering’s green heritage and wildlife, in line with the Havering Climate Change Action Plan (HCCAP) and the Council’s Local Plan environmental ambitions.


3. Cabinet also agreed to include within the policy a ban on the unauthorised use of fireworks on Council owned or managed land.


Report author: Nick Kingham

Publication date: 16/03/2023

Date of decision: 08/03/2023

Decided at meeting: 08/03/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 16/03/2023

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