Whilst many people enjoy organised firework displays, animal charities and those supporting people susceptible to alarm from them, including those with autistic spectrum disorders or suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, have highlighted the harm caused by loud fireworks
Following the proposal of a Liberal Democrat motion at the recent Full Council Meeting, Stockport Council will now act to seek to increase the enjoyment and reduce the harm by raising awareness of the impact of fireworks and lobby government to introduce a lower limit for the noisiest fireworks sold to the public.
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Mark Roberts, Lib Dem Councillor for Bredbury Green and Romiley and proposer of the motion, said: “I know from personal experience the impact fireworks can have on a loved family pet, more recently I’ve become aware of their potential impacts on those with autism and mental health conditions including PTSD and while I think it important people should be able to enjoy themselves as they wish they should be aware their choices have consequences for their neighbours. We would like to make it easier for people to make good choices for our communities and the types of fireworks they choose to celebrate with.
“I was delighted that following the debate on this motion we now have a policy in Stockport where the council will actively promote a public awareness campaign of the impact of fireworks, advertise public displays and lobby government for lower noise limits for fireworks. There is plenty of time between now and next firework season for this to be implemented properly.”
Cllr Suzanne Wyatt, Lib Dem Councillor for Cheadle Hulme South and seconder of the motion, said: “In my speech I highlighted many tragic stories of harm or distress caused to animals and people by fireworks. I am delighted that all councillors unanimously supported our call to action and that Stockport will now be a safer place for residents and animals alike.”