Balloon & Chinese (Sky) Lantern Releases

 

Balloon releases

Arun District Council discourages balloon releases by individuals or corporate organisations. The Council works closely with both the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) to promote and preserve the cleanliness of marine and land areas within and near its borders. It is recognised that balloon releases can be spectacular but sadly these short-lived events can have long term detrimental effects on wildlife and result in unsightly and unwanted littering problems.

The Council has reviewed the current Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) policy, CAP 736 (2011) Operation of Directed Light, Fireworks, Toy Balloons and Sky Lanterns within UK Airspace, available on the Civil Aviation Authority website. It has also considered the information provided by the National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers (NABAS).

The MCS has produced a useful and informative leaflet on the hazards of balloon release and offers some useful suggested alternatives to balloon releases in their leaflet titled 'what happens to balloons after they are released?'. We strongly supports the MCS in this positive and environmentally sound approach to celebrations and fundraising.

 

Chinese (Sky) lantern releases

Arun District Council discourages Sky Lantern, also known as Chinese Lantern, release by individuals or corporate organisations. The Council works closely with both the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) to promote and preserve the cleanliness of marine and land areas within and near its borders. It is recognised that lantern releases can be spectacular but sadly these short-lived events can have long term detrimental effects on wildlife and result in unsightly and unwanted littering problems.

The Council has reviewed the current Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) policy, CAP 736 (2011) Operation of Directed Light, Fireworks, Toy Balloons and Sky Lanterns within UK Airspace,available on the Civil Aviation Authority website. Chapter 3, para 7 of this CAA document details specific mandatory restrictions and pre-conditions that must be adhered to prior to any lantern release. The Council has also considered the information and guidance provided by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Further guidance is provided by Sky Lanterns Online.

The MCS has produced a useful and informative leaflet on the hazards of lantern and balloon release and offers some useful suggested alternatives to these releases in their leaflet titled 'what happens to balloons after they are released?'. We strongly supports the MCS in this positive and environmentally sound approach to celebrations and fundraising.