Angry Welwyn Garden City mum: 'I won't stick to new flag ban'

PUBLISHED: 14:57 05 July 2013 | UPDATED: 21:09 05 July 2013

Rachael Blythe with daughters Tamzin McCormick 3 and Courtney McCormick 7

Rachael Blythe with daughters Tamzin McCormick 3 and Courtney McCormick 7

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A MUM has vowed to defy new rules which could see her daughter banned from playing basketball outside her own home.

Rachael Blythe, of Nursery Hill, Welwyn Garden City, was incensed by a new draft diktat revealed by the Welwyn Hatfield Times, which forbids flags, banners and other appendages outside council homes.

Ms Blythe, 29, said she would fly her Union Flag as long as the Queen flew hers, and said her seven-year-old daughter Courtney was “very annoyed” that her basketball hoop could be under threat.

She stormed: “I will not let my landlord strip my child and myself of our rights and personal choices.

“I will fight this to the bitter end.

“This is a disgrace.”

As revealed in the Welwyn Hatfield Times last week, the move is being considered by the Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust.

Ms Blythe said: “This new rule states that council tenants must not hang anything outside of the building, including hanging baskets, flags and basketball hoops.

“So I would like to ask why the council are discriminating against children living in social housing by not letting them have a basketball hoop or other activities that require fixing to the building.

“Flying my country’s flag is my human right and I will continue to fly it for the foreseeable future.”

She added: “My daughters’ basketball hoop will stay up, my hanging baskets will stay up, and my flag will stay up.

“When the Queen takes her Union Jack down I will take mine down.

“Children in social housing unfortunately seem to be the Government’s new target to suppress.”

A spokeswoman for Welwyn Hatfield Council on behalf of Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust said: “We are unable to provide comment on the circumstances of individual tenants, and would encourage customers to contact us if they have specific queries or concerns.

“It is important to note that the consultation period is still open, so tenants have until 4pm on July 12 to comment on the proposed changes should they wish.”

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