EAST Renfrewshire residents are being asked for their views on the regulation of fireworks, including whether to ban their sale to the public.

A Scottish Government consultation has been launched to focus on what steps can be taken to address concerns about the misuse of fireworks and the impact on public safety.

Opinions will be gathered on a range of issues, including the sale of fireworks and what other measures could be adopted to ensure they are used safely and responsibly, before the consultation closes on May 13.

Legislation on the sale and storage of fireworks is reserved to the UK Government, while laws covering their use is devolved.

Community Safety Minister Ash Denham said: “We want to work with others to reduce the negative impact of fireworks and the public’s voice is vital in shaping our approach going forward.

“While much of existing legislation on the sale of fireworks is reserved to Westminster, we hope this consultation will identify any gaps in the law.”

To have your say, visit https://consult.gov.scot/ safer-communities/ fireworks