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Communities given say on Firework Control Zones

Posted on 9 Jul 2024

Plans to give communities an opportunity to request Firework Control Zones (FCZ) in their area are moving forward.

Local authorities now have discretionary powers to designate areas within their boundaries as ‘Firework Control Zones’ – which are areas where fireworks can only be used at public displays and for some other limited purposes, and where it is a criminal offence for a member of the public to ignite a firework including within private gardens.

The Council is currently developing an application form to make it easier for communities to make a specific request. In the meantime, any requests can be sent to safetyadvisorygroup@north-ayrshire.gov.uk stating what community you represent and why you feel that a Firework Control Zone is required.

In response to any requests, supporting information will be required and proposals will be assessed including with input from Police Scotland and Scottish Fire & Rescue (SFRS). If the proposal is to be taken forward, it will be subject to public consultation and consideration by the Council’s Cabinet.

Councillor Tony Gurney, Cabinet Member for Green Environment and Economy,  said: “We worked closely with our partners at Police Scotland and Scotland Fire and Rescue to look at the powers that were granted to local authorities in relation to Firework Control Zones.

“Full details of the processes and legislation are now available on our website and we look forward to welcoming input from communities. The consideration of any FCZ will be in addition to the pro-active engagement that is already in place between the Council, Police Scotland and SFRS regarding firework safety.”

FCZs will not prevent a public firework display by a professional fireworks operator or organised by a community group, sports club or other similar organisation. These would be subject to licensing requirements. FCZs will also not prohibit the use of category F1 fireworks. F1 fireworks include, for example, sparklers, indoor fireworks and party poppers.

Full details can be found on the Council website.