Pollokshields residents call for action on fireworks

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Pollokshields residents have welcomed the Scottish Government consultation on whether whether to tighten controls on the use of fireworks.

However, they say this consolation must lead to action on banning fireworks except for licensed displays and enforcing laws that are in place.

Pollokshields is one of the worst hit communities in Scotland on bonfire night.

Residents say bonfire night is like a ‘war zone’.

The public consultation is asking for views on issues such as whether the sale of fireworks to the public should be banned, and what other measures can help ensure fireworks are used safely and responsibly.

Responses will inform on-going discussions about whether changes to legislation and regulation of fireworks in Scotland are needed, following concerns about their misuse and the potential impact on public safety and animal welfare.

Legislation on the sale and storage of fireworks is reserved to the UK Government while laws covering their use is devolved.

Danny Phillips, Pollokshields resident said: “While we welcome this consultation we expect action this year to restrict the sale of fireworks, to restrict their use and we want enough police on our streets so they can enforce the laws we have.

“Communities like Pollokshields have been calling for the police and our Governments to tackle firework problems for over 10 years.”

Community Safety Minister Ash Denham said: “From Hogmanay to summer festivals to Diwali and Bonfire night, fireworks are a focal point of a range of celebrations through the year. Most people enjoy fireworks responsibly but if used inappropriately or without respect for others they can cause great distress or even physical injury to people and to animals.

“From conversations with members of the public and emergency service workers, I am aware of concern about the use and sale of fireworks to individuals. We want to work with others to reduce the negative impact of fireworks and the public’s voice is vital in shaping our approach going forward.”

This consultation has happened because of the campaigning of communities like Pollokshields.

After Bonfire night a community meeting of 200 residents was held which was attended by Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Police Scotland, the fire services, trading standards and local councillors.