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Another Notts council moves to quieter fireworks and additional rules for displays

Firework displays across Gedling Borough will be changing as part of a new council policy to protect vulnerable people and animals.

In January, councillors unanimously agreed to introduce a number of changes to reduce the impact of fireworks. Following this decision, the Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke, and Deputy Leader, Councillor Michael Payne, wrote to the government asking them to introduce legislation to limit the maximum noise level from fireworks sold to the public to 90dB and to support the RSPCA with their #BangOutOfOrder campaign to protect animals.

Fireworks are often used throughout the year to mark different events, and while they can bring much enjoyment, for some they can be very stressful, especially for vulnerable people, pets, livestock and other wildlife. Not only can they cause psychological stress, but can also lead to serious injuries.

All public displays on council owned land now need to be advertised in advance to allow residents to take precautions where needed, and the council will be promoting the RSPCA #BangOutOfOrder campaign to raise awareness of the impact of fireworks on animals and vulnerable people, highlighting precautions that can be taken.

Local fireworks suppliers will be encouraged to stock quieter fireworks to help minimise the disruptions and the council will be working with other relevant authorities to ensure the current rules around the purchase and setting off of fireworks is enforced across the borough and county.

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Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said:

“We know fireworks are often enjoyed by many residents for numerous events and occasions, but we’re also aware of the negative impact and distress they can cause to vulnerable people, pets and wildlife.

The changes we’re making will benefit many of our residents without reducing the enjoyment for those who still want to attend or host displays.

I’m proud that we’re are able to lead on these changes and support the RSPCA with their campaign, and I hope the government agrees to support our request, something which will make a difference to an even wider area.”

RSPCA campaigns manager Carrie Stones said:

“We’d like to thank Gedling Borough Council for supporting our campaign and helping to raise awareness of the RSPCA’s concerns for animal welfare during the fireworks season.

We believe that quieter fireworks and advanced warning of displays is the key to helping pet owners with nervous animals to prepare in advance for any loud noises.

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We would like to encourage anyone with concerns for their animals to speak with their vet and to visit the RSPCA’s website which has plenty of tips such as creating a quiet space for your animal.”

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