'Stop flying flags', council tenants told

PUBLISHED: 06:00 25 June 2013 | UPDATED: 21:09 05 July 2013

Cllr Kieran Thorpe

Cllr Kieran Thorpe

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COUNCIL house tenants have been banned from flying flags from their homes.

The new policy was outlined in a new document, with tenants told they will no longer be allowed to put up banners and signs – unless there is a national celebration or sporting occasion.

One tenant, Cllr Kieran Thorpe, who is leader of the Labour group on Welwyn Hatfield Council, said the policy had left him “disappointed”.

The council’s stance was revealed in a new document, which seeks to impose new regulations on tenants.

The policy on flags and banners, introduced by Welwyn Hatfield Housing Trust, says: “You must not hang or fix signs, banners, flags or other items on the outside of the property; out of windows or to balconies.”

Cllr Thorpe told The WHT: “I suspect the flags and banners issue is just one of those rules the Housing Trust needs to include as a catch-all.

“I’d be disappointed if action was taken against tenants who might choose to fly a reasonably sized flag or banner, in a safe manner to celebrate a particular occasion.”

In response a spokeswoman for Welwyn Hatfield Council Said: “The Housing Trust will adopt a common-sense approach to this and will not enforce this tenancy condition where tenants are supporting national celebrations/sporting events on a temporary basis.

“However where flags and other items have been put up on a long term basis and/or where they are causing a nuisance to others, or sullying the appearance of a neighbourhood, the Housing Trust will be able to refer to this tenancy condition in any action being taken to ensure the items are removed.”

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