Worcester helium balloon ban plan criticised – BBC NewsPosted on December 6, 2016 by DrRossH in Balloons
A city council’s plan to fine people who release helium-filled balloons is branded ‘utter nonsense’ by critics.
Jabba Riaz, cabinet member for Clean, Green and Leisure Services at the Labour-run council, said: “We understand why people might view balloons and sky lanterns as a popular addition to social gatherings and events.
“However, our wildlife is clearly paying a very heavy price for this type of spectacle, and lanterns have the potential to cause serious fires. I will therefore be voting in favour of an outright ban of their release on all council-owned land.”