As Lib Dem Councillors we have had residents contact us over the last few months concerned about anti-social use of fireworks.
There are many successful, well organised and popular events in our area, but we’ve also heard stories of terrified animals and dangerous incidents of fireworks being let off on streets.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) says the law is failing as it does not prevent or sufficiently reduce the risk of fireworks causing distress, injury or anxiety to people, as well as death, injury or distress to animals.
That’s why last week we Lib Dems proposed Stockport Council take a sensible approach to fireworks.
We proposed that Stockport Council:
- Actively promote a public awareness campaign about the impact of fireworks on animal welfare and vulnerable people, including the precautions that can be taken to mitigate risks, such as purchasing quieter fireworks;
- Ensure all public firework displays within Stockport borough are advertised in advance of the event, allowing residents to take precautions for people in their care and pets;
- Encourage retailers of fireworks to separate ‘quieter’ fireworks from the louder ones so people can choose which ones they prefer with animal and people safety in mind; and
- Encourage retailers to apply the Challenge 25 scheme to the sale of fireworks in Stockport borough, so that those over 18 but who look under 25 have to show photo ID, as needed when they want to buy alcohol.
Happily our proposal was accepted and we look forward to these improvements happening next year.
Do let us know if there are any local issues you’d like to discuss with your local Councillors. We are always keen to listen and help if we can with any local issues or problems.