21 October 2019
Islanders are being invited to give their views regarding the supply, possession and use of different categories of fireworks and pyrotechnics.
The consultation proposes greater controls, notably around the possession, supply, selling, storage and transport of fireworks, which match provisions elsewhere in the British Isles and European jurisdictions to enhance public safety.
The objective of the Home Affairs Minister, Constable Len Norman in launching this consultation is to establish a statutory framework which ensures that fireworks in Jersey continue to be transported, stored and used safely by the appropriately trained and qualified people. And to establish a practical and workable framework for the licensing of displays, where appropriate, and ensure the public have more awareness of when these are taking place so that they can make preparations if required.
Home Affairs Minister Constable Len Norman said: “Since my appointment as the Minister, I have received numerous requests to enhance the controls around the supply, use and possession of fireworks. These have primarily sought greater regulation around the operation of firework displays in order to reduce distress that is sometimes caused to people and animals. Equally, representations have been made to me asking that any future regulation is kept to a minimum and as close to the present arrangements as is possible.
“We therefore need to seek a position that accommodates, as far as is possible, the range of views presented, in order to reach a workable, practical compromise.”
As part of the consultation process representatives from the Jersey Fire and Rescue Service and the Government of Jersey’s Strategic Policy Team will be holding two drop in sessions for members of the public to ask any questions or seek clarity on any aspects of the draft regulations.
These sessions will take place on Wednesday, 27 November (12:00-14:00) and Tuesday, 3 December (18:00-19:30) at (venue tbc).