Setting off fireworks in the towns of Glasgow and Edinburgh outside of organized public events which would be exempt will be an offense if Scottish Green managed to obtain consensus in the vote on its motions introduced in parliament.
The proposals, from councilors in Edinburgh and Glasgow, aim to tackle noise pollution and impacts on animals caused by pyrotechnics, by designating their two cities as fireworks control zones.

If these vital motions are supported and control zones are subsequently adopted, setting off fireworks in either city at designated times, outside of organized public displays which would be exempt, would constitute an offense.
Councilor Jon Molyneux, Scottish Greens councilor for Pollokshields, who is proposing a motion for controls in Glasgow, said: “While many people enjoy fireworks, there is growing public awareness of the negative impacts that they can cause.”

“Whether by causing distress to animals or people with sensory issues, harming the local environment, or deliberately targeting people and property, these fireworks constitute a nuisance that can be avoided,” he pointed out.

The Greens believe that those most affected by fireworks are not limited to one or two areas. They believe creating a citywide control zone would be a simple solution that would reduce the risk of simply moving problematic fireworks use from one area to another.

Cllr Dan Heap, who is introducing a motion for controls in Edinburgh to the Council’s Culture and Communities Committee, said: “I am pleased that it was the Greens who allowed the people of Edinburgh to present their ideas on how best to protect animals and vulnerable people from the noise of fireworks, while protecting the right to use fireworks responsibly for events of religious and cultural significance.”

“Fireworks control zones will limit emissions while protecting vulnerable wildlife, pets and residents. None of these issues are specific to particular areas of the city. This is why an area covering the whole of Edinburgh makes sense,” he said.

Dan Heap, however, expressed his fears about the designation of particular areas of the city which will be affected by this measure, for him this risks stigmatizing the inhabitants of these areas, and he urged the Council to work on it.

Scottish Greens justice spokesperson Maggie Chapman MSP said: “While fireworks play a traditional role at some festivals throughout the year, they are also dangerous and cause significant distress to many people and animals.”

“I am pleased that Scottish Green councilors are leading change in their communities and I hope that Scotland’s two largest cities can support these important measures and set precedents for other local authorities to consider,” he concluded.

Noise pollution and pollutants caused by fireworks can have harmful effects on the health of humans and animals. The strong explosions inconvenience part of the population and frighten domestic and wild animals.

It is also important to dispose of used fireworks and packaging safely and correctly.

Billy Omeonga

Billy Omeonga graduated in Journalism and Creative Writing. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I am currently pursuing an MBA at the University of the People in the United States of America. I love activities that involve ideas and critical thinking. I am passionate about nature and protecting the environment. I believe in protecting our planet and its natural resources. I hate dishonest and pessimistic people. Honesty is an integral part of my view of the world and it is a value in which I strongly believe. I speak French and English fluently. In my free time, I like to read and play the piano. Also, I disapprove of the unreliability. I am a reliable person, so I expect a certain level of reliability from those I am reliable to.

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