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Furs and Fireworks - Lib Dem motion for silent firework move passes

September 26, 2020 7:23 PM

Cllr Karen Chilvers and her dog Tiffany

Cllr Karen Chilvers and her dog Tiffany

Brentwood Council will, thanks to Lib Dem councillor Karen Chilvers, be writing to Brentwood & Ongar MP. Alex Burghart, to ask him to engage with the RSPCA in their campaign to move to silent fireworks.

Karen said:

"Many RSPCA supporters wrote to their councillors last year asking the council to take action to stop the unreasonable noise made by fireworks. Unfortunately, council powers are limited so I sought out the best solution which is to ask for our MP to take action on behalf of all animal lovers in parliament.

"I am delighted to see the motion pass as it had been deferred from the last meeting In January, pre-Covid, but disappointed to see so many Conservative councillors vote against. Even if they were not bothered about animals I hoped they would consider those on the autism spectrum who are also significantly affected."

A letter will go to Mr Burghart, signed by Karen and leader of the council, Cllr Chris Hossack, and we hope he will report back in the next six months to tell us what action he has taken.

You can watch the brief debate here, from 1hr 32m.

How councillors voted

"Fireworks cause considerable distress to our pets, wildlife and livestock. In addition, they cause distress to the sick, vulnerable and those with mental health issues. There are also concerns over their environmental impact.

"There are alternatives such as silent fireworks and drone light shows. With Brentwood residents contacting us regularly with their concerns and major supermarket chains halting their sale, it is surely time to review the use of traditional, outdated fireworks and look for a new way to celebrate in 2020.

"Unfortunately, councils' powers are limited. Stopping their sale has no impact as people can buy elsewhere and restricting them by licensing powers covers barely any fireworks events as most are private. Licensing officers advised that major reform can only be made at parliamentary level. Therefore, Brentwood Council resolves to write to Alex Burghart MP to request that he formally engages with the RSPCA (the organisation campaigning to change fireworks legislation) and report back within six months".



Cllr Barry Aspinell - Pilgrims Hatch

Cllr Karen Chilvers - Brentwood West (proposer)

Cllr Nigel Clarke - Warley

Cllr Sarah Cloke - Brentwood West

Cllr Vicky Davies - Pilgrims Hatch (seconder)

Cllr Andy Fryd - Shenfield

Cllr Alison Fulcher - Brentwood North

Cllr Mark Haigh - Warley

Cllr David Kendall - Pilgrims Hatch

Clr Jay Laplain - Warley

Cllr Mark Lewis - - Brentwood North

Cllr Philip Mynott - - Brentwood North

Cllr Dominic Naylor - Brentwood West


Cllr Cliff Poppy - Brizes & Doddinghurst

Cllr Olivia Sanders - Hutton East


Cllr Roger Keeble - Tipps Cross


Cllr Gareth Barrett - Brentwood South

Cllr Tim Barrett - Brentwood South



Cllr Thomas Bridge - Ingatestone, Fryerning & Mountnessing

Cllr Roger Hirst - Hutton South

Cllr Peter Jakobsson - Tipps Cross

Cllr Louise McKinlay - Hutton North

Cllr Charles Nolan - Hutton Central

Cllr Keith Parker - Brizes & Doddinghurst

Cllr Jan Pound - Shenfield

Cllr Sandy Tanner - Hutton North



Cllr Chris Hossack - Hutton East

Cllr Roger McCheyne - Brizes & Doddinghurst

Cllr Tom McLaren - South Weald

Cllr Maria Pearson - Herongate, Ingrave & West Horndon

cllr Mark Reed - Hutton South

Cllr Cat Tierney - Herongate, Ingrave & West Horndon