WEST Dunbartonshire Council is to debate banning sky lanterns in its final full meeting before the election.

Councillor Lawrence O’Neill has put forward a motion to “note” the campaign by the National Farmers Union against lanterns and concerns from other groups.

The NFU views them as a threat to livestock, while the Civil Aviation Authority says they could harm aircraft engines and the coastguard gets calls from the public concerned that they are distress signals.

The RSPCA, SSPCA and fire and rescue services have also raised concerns.

The motion states: “Council further notes that to date eight Scottish local authorities have banned Sky Lanterns being launched from their land.

“Council instructs officers to take steps to ban the use of Sky Lanterns on council land.”