A petition to limit the sale and use of fireworks to licensed displays only has received over 301,000 signatures, including 4,927 from in and around Newcastle.
The petition said: “Current legislation allows for public use of fireworks 16 hours a day, every day, making it impossible for vulnerable groups to take precautions against the distress they can cause.
“Better enforcement of existing law is insufficient; limiting their sale & use to licensed displays only is necessary.”
The petition called on the UK Government to restrict the sales of fireworks to only organisers and licensed displays.
This, the organisers of the petition, say, will help to “protect vulnerable people and animals from the distress and anxiety caused by unexpected firework noise and pollution.
“Legislation that balances people’s desires for firework displays, and individual rights to not be distressed throughout the year, is needed now.”
The petition closed on 21 January 2021 and was debated in Parliament yesterday.
For a breakdown of the signatures in constituencies in and around Newcastle, see below.
South Shields 628
Newcastle upon Tyne North 585
Newcastle upon Tyne Central 315
Newcastle upon Tyne East 472
North Tyneside 574