Fireworks

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2008-12-03
Session date: 
December 3, 2008
Reference: 
2008/0056
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
LFEPA

Question

What lessons were learned there this year in tackling the nuisance and danger from misuse of fireworks? Would he agree that the hard work carried out by LFEPA and the valuable lessons learned from previous years are now paying off?

Answer

Answer for Fireworks

Answer for Fireworks

Answered By: 
LFEPA

n previous years there have been increased reports of anti-social behaviour between Halloween and bonfire night. This attracts a high level of public concern. The LFB is part of the London Anti-Social Behaviour Board and Joint Action Group (JAG), which works across partner agencies to co-ordinate a pan London approach to tackling the issue in 2007 and in 2008. This has included the development of a campaign to increase awareness of firework safety. To support the work in each London borough and to encourage the involvement of different agencies in tackling the problems at this time of year, a new website has been developed by the JAG: http://www.gos.gov.uk/gol/Community_safety/LCSP?HalloweenFireworks/?a=42496 It hosts material such as a downloadable best practice checklist, information about resources available from central government, and contact details for individuals who have completed successful work on firework-related problems in the past. It encourages every borough to decide on actions according to local priorities. The Joint Action Group also secured additional Home Office funding for six London boroughs and worked to ensure changes to safer neighbourhood team and safer transport team shift patterns to provide a greater presence of law enforcement officers working locally on the crucial days. The development of the website and approach for 2008 followed lessons learned in 2007. Improvements made for 2008 included the distribution of the guidance material to officer in London boroughs much earlier in the year. The evaluation of the 2008 activity is still ongoing. Results from a perceptions survey of residents and statistics on secondary fires and other incidents for the Halloween and Bonfire night period are expected to be available in early December. There was a marked reduction in various crime and ASB statistics in 2007 compared to previous years in London. The LFEPA is carrying out valuable work in this area alongside other agencies to improve Bonfire night for Londoners and will continue to be a willing and proactive partner in this initiative.