Scarborough Council could use 'quieter fireworks' in displays to prevent 'distress and fear'

Scarborough Council is to investigate how it could license public firework displays in order to protect the environment and animals.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 4:07 pm

The authority’s councillors backed a cross-party motion on Friday last week which also would encourage people to use so-called “quieter” fireworks for displays.

The motion was presented by Conservative Cllr Guy Coulson and backed by Labour cabinet member Cllr Liz Colling.

Speaking at the full council meeting, Cllr Guy Coulson told his fellow members: “Scarborough Borough Council recognises the enjoyment and spectacle that fireworks bring to our events and festivals.

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Fireworks on the foreshore. Picture: JPI Media.

“We also recognise that they pollute the atmosphere leaving metal particles and toxins in the air that deposit on our land and seas, this is in addition to the noise from fireworks that can cause distress and fear to both vulnerable people and pets, farm animals and wildlife.”

The motion, which was approved by the council, will see the authority investigate the possible licensing of public firework displays and also the use of quieter biodegradable fireworks for events it is responsible for.

The authority will additionally look to purchase carbon offsets for its own displays.

All public firework displays within the council’s boundaries will now have to be advertised in advance of the event to allow residents to take precautions for their animals and vulnerable people.

Scarborough Town Hall. Picture: JPI Media/ Richard Ponter

The council will also write to the government to urge it to introduce legislation to limit the maximum noise level of fireworks to 90 decibels for those sold to the public for private displays.