New group to examine tighter firework controls in Scotland
An expert group including police, health and animal protection representatives have met to consider restricting the use of fireworks in Scotland.
Following widespread public support, the group will consider available options to restrict the use of fireworks on private property and the times at which they can be let off.
The Scottish Government ran a consultation which received a total of 16,420 responses, 94 per cent of whom want to see tighter controls on the sale of fireworks.
The consultation also found that 93 per cent of respondents want to see stronger regulations to ensure animals are not caused unnecessary suffering as a result of fireworks misuse and 87 per cent would support an outright ban on the sale of fireworks.
Community Safety Minister Ash Denham: “I am delighted to announce membership of the review group which will now consider how best to use the powers at our disposal to ensure fireworks are used safely and do not cause harm, distress or serious injury.
“The results of both our public consultation and national survey demonstrate overwhelming public support for a change in how fireworks are sold and used, and this group will have a vital role in informing our approach.”
Former chief fire officer and chair of the group Ali Hay said: “I am pleased to take on the role of chair of the review group to consider the options we have available, and I look forward to working with all members of the group to develop our recommendations on what change is needed.
“The work of the group will play an important role in ensuring everyone is able to enjoy fireworks safely and appropriately and minimise any inappropriate or dangerous use.”
Members of the Firework Review Group include the British Veterinary Association, the British Firework Association, Police Scotland, Veterans Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.