Many of us enjoy fireworks to celebrate major events, family occasions, Bonfire Night and the New Year. However, many of you will have heard fireworks being used during the early hours of the morning over the last few years. Many residents have been in touch with us to complain, and consider the disturbance caused to be anti-social behaviour.
We want to make sure that the Police, Council, Trading Standards and the Fire Services have all the powers and resources they need to tackle the problem.
Following the complaints in April 2018, Councillor Brendan Stubbs asked the Council to conduct an investigation into the anti-social use of fireworks across the district. In Parliament, on 29th January 2018 a petition titled “Change the laws governing the use of fireworks to include a ban on public use” was discussed. The Government's response did not support further legislation to control the sale and use of fireworks. However, the full response goes on to say:
“The best way to continue to reduce the distress caused by fireworks is to work with industry, retailers and others to promote the safe and responsible use of fireworks through guidance and public education and to ensure that appropriate action is taken against those that break the rules.” (you can read the full report from Parliament here)
We asked for the councils report to cover the following areas:
- The current rules on use and sale of fireworks and what the Council and Partners, (Fire service, West Yorkshire Trading Standards, Police, Faith Organisations, etc) offer in terms of public education/guidance.
- What are the current priorities, what actions are being undertaken to enforce the rules, and where this is limited or not happening the reasons why.
- To get comments from producers and retailers about how they would tackle the problems and how they can help to improve enforcement of the rules.
The report is being compiled and will be presented to Councillors towards the end of the year.
We want to hear from you about this issue to make sure that any recommendations that result from this report include the views of residents too.
Please take a minute or two to let us know about your experence of anti-social use of fireworks to help inform how the Council and others respond to the problem.