Should kites be banned at the seaside? Kites may seem harmless, but they have been the cause of significant accidents and injuries over the years. In 2011, East Riding Council even took the step of banning people from flying kites at the beach, imposing fines on those that were caught disobeying the order. The bylaws covered beaches at Bridlington, Hornsea, Hessle and Withernsea. The council introduced the bylaws due to concerns about kite buggies on the beach and at the time said they could penalise ordinary kite flyers if they were posing a threat to the public. The debate about “should kites be banned at the seaside” continues to this day.
The step proved controversial, with one councillor saying he had never heard of anything as ridiculous as the idea of the blanket kiting ban, though he did say he understood the decision to ban big kite buggies, which could cause serious injuries and even death. The council said large kites being propelled at high speeds posed a risk in beach settings.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we can assist you if you or your child have come to harm on a beach due to no fault of your own. Over the years, we have helped thousands of people get compensation due to beach-related injuries and can assist you whether you were injured due to negligence or recklessness on the part of the people in charge of the beach or another beach user.
Those who caused the injuries must have been negligent, reckless or malicious, and you’ll have three years from the date of the accident to claim unless the claim is for a child. We do ask you to collect as much vital information as you can to make your case as strong as possible, so don’t throw away things like medical receipts, proof of lost earnings, witness contact details or receipts for taxis to the hospital as we will need these to get the money back for you.
Making a claim
So, should kites be banned at the seaside? We are waiting to hear from you if you or your child has come to harm because of kite flying at the seaside or any other beach-related hazard. You can reach us today by calling 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile).
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice