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WELCOME FOR TIMELY NEW FIREWORK CONTROLS

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The Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services welcomes the Department of Trade and Industry's proposal ...
The Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services welcomes the Department of Trade and Industry's proposal to implement further provisions to ensure firework safety (see LGCnet). These are proposed to come into effect in time for this year's main firework season.

It was decided at the LACORS management committee which took on 4 June 2004, that LACORS would support the following principles:

- To reinforce the regulations under the Fireworks Act 2003 which concern the possession of fireworks and make them into permanent legislation.

- Create a curfew on the use of fireworks between 11pm and 7am except on designated and agreed occasions.

- Ban the sale of Category 3 fireworks such as powerful, loud, display fireworks from private use.

- The suggestion that the standard of fireworks be reviewed to reduce debris levels.

- The requirement for all suppliers to display notices giving information about the law of underage sales and possession.

- Recommend a licensing regime should be in place and that it is sufficiently funded to ensure effective enforcement controls.

Geoffrey Theobald, chairman of LACORS, said: 'LACORS supports the introduction of further measures to control the nuisance that can be caused by firework use. LACORS will be consulting with local authorities and is currently seeking advice from expert officers. The proposed principles should ensure safer handling of fireworks and help meet concerns over noise, safety and hooliganism.'

Notes

1. LACORS, a local government central body, seeks to make a major contribution to the development of high quality consistent and coordinated local authority regulatory services across the UK. Please visit www.lacors.gov.uk for further information.

2. The Fireworks Act 2003 was enacted last y ear following concerns raised by local authorities, the local authority Associations and communities.

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